The Travel Media Awards recognise the importance of an impartial judging process for all 21 award categories.

The judging process

The Travel Media Awards has an obligation to everyone who enters to ensure that the judging process is independent, fair and transparent. Judging is undertaken against a proven scoring system, with strict entry criteria for each of the 21 award categories. Entry criteria are available to view on the awards website here.

Each category is judged by a panel of three, comprised of two leading travel industry personnel alongside an established travel editor or writer. In total, 60 judges from leading travel businesses and travel media will judge the 2023 awards.

As part of our ongoing judging policy, any repeat judges will not be allocated the same award category that they assessed in 2022; equally we undertake to ensure that a minimum of 25% (a figure often exceeded) of all judges for the 2023 awards will be first time judges, allowing for entries to be reviewed from a fresh perspective. Media judges are only allocated non-conflicting categories.

In categories where very high entry levels necessitate first stage shortlisting we utilise the services of totally impartial non-travel editors, sub-editors and writers. The shortlist of finalists is then provided to the category judging panel to decide on the award winner.

Details of the 2023 Travel Media Awards judges will be announced in May.


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