Travel Media Awards 2019

The Finalists

Following extensive deliberation by panels of industry and media judges, the Travel Media Awards in association with Malta Tourism Authority are delighted to announce the 2019 finalists.

A big thank you to all those who entered. We look forward to welcoming the finalists to the 2019 Travel Media Awards ceremony on 21 October, at The Landmark London hotel.

Blogger/Vlogger of the Year
Grand Dishes – Anastasia Miari and Iska Lupton (
Modern Grand Tour with Garlen Lo – Garlen Lo (
Jelly Journeys – Joe Allam (
Go Eat Do – Stuart Forster (
The Girl Outdoors – Sian Lewis (

Consumer Magazine Section of the Year
Harper’s Bazaar
Town & Country

Consumer Publication of the Year – Print
Culture Trip
Adventure Travel Magazine
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Which? Travel

Consumer Publication of the Year – Online
BBC Travel
Condé Nast Traveller
Suitcase Magazine
The Telegraph

Customer Magazine
Atlas – Etihad Airways
Audley Traveller­ – Audley Travel
easyJet Traveller – easyJet
N by Norwegian – Norwegian
Other Shores – ITC Travel

Guide of the Year – Book, Online, App
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide New York City
Insight Guides Madagascar
Lonely Planet’s Global Distillery Tour
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist
Travel Writer’s Field Guide

Breaking Travel News
Francesca Street, CNN Travel
Guy Hobbs, Which? Travel
James Draven, National Geographic Traveller
Jo Rhodes, Which? Travel
Simon Calder,

Broadcast Programme of the Year – TV, Radio, Online
The Saint Kitts Music Festival for BBC Radio Kent
Michael Palin in North Korea for Channel 5
Tokyo Paralympics 2020, The Travel Show for BBC
Wolf Howling in Sweden for BBC Radio 4
Great Canal Journeys for Channel 4

Consumer Writer of the Year
Katie Bowman, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Michelle Jana Chan, freelance travel writer
Tom Capon, Gay Star News
Tristan Kennedy, freelance travel writer
Adrian Phillips, freelance travel writer

National Broadsheet Newspaper Section
The Telegraph
Telegraph on Sunday
The Sunday Times
The Times

National Consumer Feature of The Year
Claire Dodd for ‘Marfa, Alpine and Marathon’ for
David Whitley for ‘The Wild Zone Beyond the Wall’ for National Geographic Traveller
Emma Thomson for ‘Is Greenland the new Iceland’ for The Sunday Telegraph
Jamie Lafferty for ‘The World Nomad Games’ for Culture Trip
Oliver Berry for ‘Walking with the Emperors’ for Lonely Planet Magazine

National Tabloid Newspaper Section
Daily Mail
The Mail on Sunday
The Sun
The Sun on Sunday

Photography Award
Aron Klein for ‘Go to the Mountain’ in Suitcase Magazine
Bella Falk for ‘Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco’ in
Jonathan Gregson for ‘The Hunt’ for Lonely Planet
Mark Leaver ‘Treasure Island’ for Suitcase Magazine
Phoebe Smith for ‘On the Tail of Whale’ for Wanderlust

Regional Publication Feature of the Year
Ben Lerwill for ‘Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda: A Walk in the Woods’ for Escapism
Ian Belcher for ‘Alternative Caribbean’ for Brummell Magazine
Jeremy Lazell for ‘Fun in the Jungle’ for The Sunday Times, Scotland
Lydia Winter for ‘Still Waters Run Deep’ for Escapism
Tom Powell for ‘The Intrepid Series’ for Escapism

Specialist Travel Writer of the Year
Amanda Ruggeri, Food Travel
Amelia Duggan, Latin America
Ella Buchan, Food Travel
Monisha Rajesh, Train Travel
Phoebe Smith, Wildlife Conservation

Trade Feature of the Year
Daniel Allen for ‘Stepping Lightly’ for ABTA Magazine
Frances Marcellin for ‘Meet the new Royal baby: Symphony of the Seas’ for Future Cruise
Stuart Forster for ‘Take the Plunge in New Zealand’ for Solus Magazine
Sue Bryant for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ for Cruise Adviser
Lauren Jarvis for ‘Back from the Beyond’ for Selling Canada

Trade Publication of the Year – Online

Trade Publication of the Year – Print
ABTA Magazine
Buying Business Travel
Cruise Adviser
Selling Canada
The Business Travel Magazine

Trade Writer of the Year
James Chapple, TTG
Jennifer Morris, TTG
Megan Tatum, Buying Business Travel
Mike MacEacheran, freelance travel writer
Sam Ballard, Cruise Adviser

Young Writer of the Year
Amelia Duggan, freelance travel writer
India Dowley, Suitcase Magazine
Kate Hamilton, easyJet Traveller
Lottie Gross,
Lydia Winter, Escapism

Special Contribution Award

Hilary Bradt

The Travel Media Awards, in association with Malta Tourism Authority, is proud to announce that Hilary Bradt, Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides, will be presented with a prestigious Special Contribution Award at the Travel Media Awards 2019.

Since then, Hilary’s love of travel, especially to more obscure destinations, has meant her books have focused on opening up new destinations to tourists. About half of all Bradt titles are the only ones covering that country and all have a strong emphasis on encouraging visitors to get involved with schools or local charities, so travellers can give something back.

Not content with being an award-winning publisher, Hilary has also worked as a tour leader in South America, Africa and Madagascar, with the aim of encouraging tourists to travel with an understanding of the culture and wildlife of the country they’re visiting. She’s also written or co-written 13 books and has had articles published in newspapers and magazines around the world.