Simon Reeve receives his Special Contribution Award

Simon Reeve receives his Special Contribution Award at the Travel Media Awards 2015

9 November 2015, London: The Travel Media Awards 2015 are pleased to announce this year’s winners, following a glamorous awards ceremony held at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London on Monday 9 November.

The event was attended by the UK’s top travel media, with 20 publications, broadcasters, journalists and photographers each collecting a prestigious award. Matthew Jackson, managing director of APL Media, said, “The Travel Media Awards have been a huge success with an exceptionally high standard of entries. Our judges had some difficult decisions to make and we’d like to congratulate all the winners and entrants. With over 200 people attending, the awards were a great success and we’re now looking forward to next year’s event.”

Entrants to the awards included consumer and trade magazines, national newspapers, broadcasters, regional titles, travel writers and photographers. A panel of over 50 travel industry and media experts then narrowed the field down to a shortlist of four or five in each category before selecting the winners.

Co-organiser Giles Harper, managing director of Travega, said, “The success of the inaugural awards has surpassed our expectation, with over 500 entries across the categories. We’d like to thank everyone who entered and attended the awards, and our judges, sponsors and everyone else involved in making the awards such a memorable evening.”

The winners of The Travel Media Awards 2015 are:

  • National Broadsheet Newspaper Travel Section of the YearThe Telegraph
  • Travel Broadcast Programme of the Year – TV, Radio, Online – Photographing the world’s most dangerous church, Lonely Planet Traveller, Oliver Smith
  • Regional Publication Travel Feature of the Year – Jon Hawkins for ‘On the Road Again’ in Escapism
  • Customer Magazine of the Year easyJet Traveller
  • Consumer Travel Writer of the Year – Mark Stratton
  • Consumer Travel Publication of the Year The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
  • Online Consumer Travel Publication of the Year The Telegraph
  • Consumer Magazine Travel Section of the Year Stylist
  • National Consumer Travel Feature of the Year – Damian Barr for ‘On sky safari across New Zealand’ in The Sunday Times Magazine
  • National Tabloid Newspaper Travel Section of the Year Mail On Sunday
  • Travel Trade Publication of the Year Selling Travel
  • Online Travel Trade Publication of the Year TravelMole
  • Travel Trade Writer of the Year – Sophie Griffiths, TTG
  • Travel Trade Feature of the Year – Joanna Booth for ‘A hair-raising experience’ in Aspire Magazine
  • Travel and Tourism Photography Award – Julian Claxton for ‘Ugandan children’ in N Photo Magazine
  • Travel Media Innovative Campaign and Content of the Year – #LoveSabah campaign for Sabah Tourism and Royal Brunei Airlines — iambassador and Good Relations
  • Travel Guide Book of the Year – Wild Guide — Southern and Eastern England
  • Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year – Kash Bhattacharya, org
    Young Travel Writer of the Year – Hannah Summers, Escapism
  • Special Contribution Award – Simon Reeve

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Notes for Editors

The Travel Media Awards launched this year, celebrating the very best of the travel media sector. The awards were created in recognition of the hugely influential role that today’s travel media play in the holiday or business travel decision-making process. Open to all travel writers, broadcasters and photographers, the awards are a true barometer of the travel media sector. The Travel Media Awards are owned and operated under a joint venture agreement between Travega and APL Media Limited. Please note, for the purposes of fairness and transparency, no travel titles by APL Media were entered into the Awards.

APL Media Limited works across the travel and lifestyle sectors in a number of media, from print through to events. APL Media produces the award-winning National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine, ABTA Magazine, Destination Vacation, ASTANetwork and a series of lifestyle newspaper supplements, apps and websites.

Travega offers a range of travel marketing solutions to companies within both the leisure and business travel sectors, including sponsorship sales, event management and consumer database sales.