PRIZING

For all categories, the prizing will be as follows:

First Prize: $750 + Certificate
Second Prize: $300 + Certificate
Third Prize: $200 + Certificate

There may also an Honourable Mention for each category.

CATEGORIES

WRITTEN WORD

Best Cultural/Historical Feature

A cultural/historical feature may focus on an art form or event, a local custom, or any travel experience that shares historical perspective or sheds light on a specific culture, whether you’ve written about a First Nations powwow, a funeral ceremony in Bali or a story about the Klondike gold rush.  

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Best Lifestyle or Wellness Feature 

Have you published a story about a fabulous ayurvedic retreat in India that transformed you? Were you in Paris covering fashion week? Did you write about weight loss, medical or tantric spas last year? Have you travelled to the world’s opera houses or concert halls for the love of music and written about it? Then this category about travel for lifestyle or wellness reasons is for you.

Best Family/Partner Feature 

Whether your story is about facets of the travel experience that feature family-based activities – from multigenerational travels to kids’-friendly resorts and attractions to shared memories no matter how you define “family” – this category is for you. As long as the focus is opportunities for sharing with the significant others in your life, we want to see your submissions.

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Best Food/Drink Feature 

This is about culinary travel whether it be about a road trip on the Texas BBQ Trail, munching your way along Collingwood’s Apple Pie route, sipping through the breweries of Ireland or attending a food festival in Hawaii. Your food and drink feature article could be about a city’s walking/eating tour, eating at Europe’s Michelin starred restaurants, a visit to a stunning new distillery or a wine soaked week in Napa. If you’re the Anthony Bourdain of the written word in travel, this category is for you.

Best Outdoors, Wildlife or Environmental/Responsible Tourism Feature 

This category focuses mainly on the outdoors – particularly wildlife, eco-tourism and the environment. Stories topics can range from conservation, ‘voluntourism’ (think: rescuing puffins) or travel from a green point-of-view and/or travel’s impact on the environment. Paddling, hiking, biking or birdwatching along an amazing trail, also belong in this category.

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Best Adventure, Sport or Recreation Feature

A soft or hard adventure, sport or recreation feature that brings the reader along as the writer heads into the great outdoors or putts along a world-class golf course, or perhaps puts a new spin on a popular pastime. From sporting events to canoe trips, sky-diving to dogsledding, this category should draw stories that come to life, and maybe even get one’s adrenaline pumping.

Best Spirit of Canada

This category is devoted to those articles that bring Canada, its landscape, its culture and its people alive on the page. These inspirational stories will scream “This is Canada!”

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Updated: Best Travel Column/Blog

This category is for those who write a travel column or travel blog on a regular basis. Minimum frequency must be once a month and minimum word count 250 words per posting. Writings need not be a series but must be regularly occurring under the author’s name and must be travel focussed. If this category fits your work, three examples of the column or blog from the same year must be submitted.

AGM Host Destination Award

Do you have memorable moments from one of your AGM pre-, post- or local experiences based on AGM attendance in the past two years? Did you share them with your readers? Then this new category’s right for you. We encourage you to submit your favourite stories based on your travel experiences gained during either the recent Quebec or Victoria conference.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The work will be judged on composition, technical quality and ability to evoke a place, moment or sentiment.

Best Landscape or Evocation of Place

Whether it’s an interior shot of an intimate bistro, a roaring fireplace in a mountain lodge, a pristine landscape or a bustling cityscape, the perfect image always creates a sense of location – it is an evocation of place. Whatever your criteria for this category, we invite you to submit your best photo that evokes a sense of place – wherever or whatever that place may be.

Best People Photo

People photographs depict an aspect of culture, life or society, as perceived through the image of an individual or group. The person or people shown should clearly relate to a travel destination. The background should help “place” the subject, but not overpower the human aspect of an image.  

Best Video or Vlog

A video or vlog feature that shows and tells an engaging travel story while taking the viewer along for the ride whether it be capturing a single or jam-packed experience, telling a compelling narrative, or tips on how best to explore a destination. Video must have been broadcast on network or cable television, or streamed on a website or streaming service.

People’s Choice for Best Photo Ever

Do you think that photo you snapped catches the essence of travel, will wow the masses and is an image that fills you with pride and satisfaction? Do you think the rest of us will agree? Then give it your best shot – literally – and submit it in this category. TMAC members will get a chance to agree or disagree in our newest photography category: the People’s Choice Award.