Philadelphia Writer Wins Travel Journalist of the Year
LAS VEGAS, Nevada
National Geographic Traveler, Outside magazine and the New York Times are the top media winners in the 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, overseen by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.
Freelance writer Todd Pitock of Philadelphia is Travel Journalist of the Year for his wide range of reports, from Botswana to Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House, the U.S. Whiskey Trail and Denver’s beer breweries.
“Pitock demonstrates not only a tremendous grasp of thick description but also an uncanny ability to bring meaning to his travel writing,” wrote judges from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Also honored for Grand Award travel portfolios were freelance writers Tim Neville of Bend, Oregon; Christopher Solomon of Seattle; and Melanie Radzicki McManus of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison.
National Geographic Traveler won seven awards, including the Gold as Best Travel Magazine. “The magazine inspires readers,” said a judge. National Geographic Books took a Gold, for Best Guidebook, on Peru, by Rob Rachowiecki, with photography by Vance Jacobs.
Outside magazine won eight awards, including three Golds in the categories of Travel News/Investigative Reporting, Cultural Tourism and Travel Journalism Websites.
Travel + Leisure and Afar magazines each won three awards. Departures won Gold for best travel coverage in other magazines.