PRIZING

For all categories with an asterisk, the prizing will be as follows:

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

An Honourable Mention may be awarded.

CATEGORIES

WRITTEN WORD

NEW – For all written word categories: As you select stories for this year’s awards, we want to acknowledge that many of us have had fewer assignments and the work that we’ve done has often had a Covid-19 focus. Rather than having a Covid-specific category (and overloading it)—you’re encouraged to put your stories in the best-fitting existing category. Judges will be advised that some stories may stretch the definition of the categories—but we want to be sure that you can put forward your best work.

* 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.  

* 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.

* 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.
 
* 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!”

* Best On-line 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 300 words per posting. Writings need not be a series but must be regularly occurring under the author’s name on-line 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

VISUAL

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 Nature Photo
This category invites images that both celebrate nature and help translate your story of travel through the beauty or action you've encountered along the way. From a macro close-up of frost on a tree or a glorious light-filled rainforest to a well-time capture of wildlife in action or the chance moment when you locked eyes with a mutually curious living species. Show us your connection to nature and images that have played a pivotal role in telling your story.

WRITTEN AND VISUAL

* Best Illustrated Feature

This category features the best of both worlds with articles that include writing and photography by the same person/journalist. Entries can be from articles published in print newspaper or magazine, digital magazine or other online publication, such as a travel blog or journalism/publication website.

AVAILABLE TO BOTH INDUSTRY AND MEDIA

People’s Choice
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. 

The date for submission for the People's Choice Award will be announced at a later date.

Industry Award
Details to follow.

Volunteer Award
Details to follow.