The Judging Process

The Travel Media Awards recognise the importance of an impartial judging process for all 20 award categories.

The 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 20 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 2022 awards.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the judging process, none of the judges will be given the same category they assessed in 2021. Furthermore, , more than 45% of the judges are new to the awards this year, allowing the entries to be reviewed from a fresh perspective. Media judges will only be 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.

Who will be judging

Adrian Phillips, Managing Director, Bradt Guides
Alex Crossley, Editor, Olive Magazine
Alicia Miller, Editor and Writer – Travel Food and Drink, Freelance
Alison Nicholls, Head of Partnerships, Charitable Travel
Andrea Nicholas, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Green Tourism
Andrew Davies, Sales and Marketing Manager, Dolphin Dynamics
Andy Hoskins, Editor-In-Chief, BTN Europe
Ashley Proudfoot, PR Manager, Visit Jersey
Beverley Fearis, Editor, The Business Travel Magazine
Bonita Turner, Editor, Junior Magazine
Charlotte Civil, PR & Media Manager, Vertical Travel Group
Chloe Berman, Senior PR Manager, Intrepid Travel
Chris Townson, Managing Director UK and Ireland, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Colin Stewart, Country Director UK and Ireland, Air Europa
Darija Reic, Director, Croatia National Tourist Board
David Powell, Travel and Cruise Editor, Atlantic Print Media
David Child, Brand and PR Director Europe, Thomas Cook
Dawn Page, Director UK and Northern Europe, Hong Kong Tourist Board
Ed Grenby, Travel Editor, Radio Times
Erin Hickey, PR Manager UK and Ireland, Visit Scotland
Erin Johnson, Marketing Director, Citalia
Feeroza Patel, Director of Communications, London and Partners
Fiona Jeffrey, Founder, Just a Drop
Heather Cowper, Publisher, Heather On Her Travels
Helen Leighton, VP Communications, Marriott International
Jacqui Cleaver, Head of Communications and Business Development, Protected Trust Service
James Treacy, Senior PR & Communications Manager, Abercrombie and Kent
James Manning, International Editor, Time Out
James Mundy, PR and Partnership Manager, Inside Travel Group
Jason Dunderdale, Head of Sales UK, FREE NOW for Business
Joel Henry, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Antigua & Barbuda Tourism
Jose Aragao, Product Manager, Portuguese National Tourist Office
Julie Murphy, Country Sales Manager UK and Ireland, All Nippon Airways
Juliet Rix, Freelance Writer and Broadcaster, Tonic Magazine
Karen Musgrave, Head of PR and Communications, Barrhead Travel
Kasper Iversen, PR and Press Manager, Visit Denmark
Katie McGonagle, Editor, Cruise International
Kelly Cookes, Chief Commercial Officer, Advantage Travel Centre
Laura Dewar, Senior PR and Communications Manager, Explore
Laura Lindsay, Head of Consumer Communications and PR, Skyscanner
Linsey Neil, Co Editor, Travel Gossip
Louise Ferrall, Senior PR Manager, Visit England
Melanie Cook, PR and Marketing Manager, Visit Norwich
Michael Keating, Chief Executive Officer, Ink
Natalie Eales, Head of PR, Unique Vacations
Natalie Gale, Marketing Manager, Wendy Wu Tours
Natasha Towey, Head of Marketing, Carrier Luxury Holidays
Nikki Stimson, Head of PR & Communications, GBTA
Pete Brudenell, General Manager, CV Villas
Phil Cook, Chief Executive Officer, P&P Group
Priti Mehta, Head of Sales, Explora Journeys
Richard Hammond, Writer and Videographer, Green Traveller
Rory Boland, Editor, Which? Travel
Rosanna Ivkovic, PR and Communications Manager, Star Clippers
Sam Ballard, Managing Director, Waterfront Publishing
Simon Clark, PR & Travel Media Manager, Visit Isle of Wight
Steve Hartridge, Editorial Director, Selling Travel
Uwern Jong, Founder & Experientialist In Chief, Out There Magazine
Victoria Sturley, Marketing Manager, Discover the World
Wendy Missenden, Marketing Manager, Olympic Holidays