The Travel Media Awards is pleased to announce this year’s winners, following a successful online event held on 25 January, attended virtually by representatives of the UK’s top travel media. 

At the event, 22 publications, broadcasters, journalists and photographers were each honoured with a prestigious award.

Matthew Jackson, co-founder of the awards and managing director of APL Media, said: “The Travel Media Awards has seen an extremely high standard of entries once again, and our judges had some tough decisions to make. This has been such a challenging year for the industry and we’re proud to be able to congratulate all the winners and entrants in this online event.”

Adventurer, author and photographer Levison Wood was honoured with The Special Contribution Award, which each year recognises someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to travel. Wood has visited over 100 countries, written seven bestselling books and produced six critically acclaimed documentaries.

This year, the Travel Media Awards also acknowledged three Travel Media Champions — individuals who have raised awareness of the challenges faced by the travel industry throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The three chosen Travel Media Champion, selected by the Travel Media Awards’ advisory panel, are: Daily Mail travel editor Mark Palmer; Claire Irvin, head of travel at The Telegraph; and TTG editor Sophie Griffiths. Each has worked tirelessly to keep travel in the spotlight and consistently delivered a clear and concise message to their readers.

Giles Harper, co-founder of the Travel Media Awards and Travega Managing Director, said: “Despite the very difficult events of the past year, we’re incredibly proud that entries to the awards continue to grow year-on-year: our newly introduced Sustainability Travel Feature of the Year received in excess of 100 entries alone. I’d like to thank our headline partner, Babble, for its support, the hundreds of entrants to the awards, our panel of around 60 travel industry and media judges, our sponsors and all those who joined us online. We look forward to seeing everyone for the 2021 awards on 18 October at the Kimpton Fitzroy London.”

THE WINNERS   

TRADE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR — PRINT 
TTG 

TRADE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR — ONLINE 
TTG Media

CONSUMER PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – PRINT 
Wanderlust 

CONSUMER PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – ONLINE 
The Independent 

NATIONAL CONSUMER FEATURE OF THE YEAR
Monisha Rajesh ‘The godfather of trains’ The Guardian   

CONSUMER MAGAZINE SECTION OF THE YEAR 
Vanity Fair   

BLOGGER/VLOGGER OF THE YEAR 
Anywhere We Roam   

NATIONAL BROADSHEET NEWSPAPER SECTION 
The Daily Telegraph 

NATIONAL TABLOID NEWSPAPER SECTION 
The Sun

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURE OF THE YEAR 
Paul Bloomfield ‘The Arctic: a new port of call?’ BBC Wildlife 

TRAVEL BROADCAST PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR — TV, RADIO, ONLINE OR PODCAST
Earth Cycle, Prime Video/1080 Media TV

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 
Bella Falk

REGIONAL PUBLICATION FEATURE OF THE YEAR 
Helen Warwick ‘City of surprises’ Cheshire Life 

BREAKING TRAVEL NEWS 
Francesca Street, CNN Travel 

GUIDE OF THE YEAR — BOOK, ONLINE, APP 
Curious Travel Guides — Lost in Florence

YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR 
Lottie Gross

CUSTOMER MAGAZINE 
Audley Traveller 

TRADE FEATURE OF THE YEAR
James Draven ‘Ahead for heights’  TTG   

TRADE WRITER OF THE YEAR
James Draven

SPECIALIST TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR 
Sarah Reid

CONSUMER WRITER OF THE YEAR 
Jamie Lafferty

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD 
Levison Wood