TMAC Award Winners

About the TMAC Awards

The TMAC Awards recognize the very best travel writing and photography our association produces. It also offers terrific visibility and recognition for sponsors by putting your organization’s name front and centre on the association’s most important night of the year. The deadline for submitting your entries for the 2017 TMAC Awards is Friday April 27, 2018. Below is the list of categories and description for entry. 

To sponsor a TMAC Award, please contact Elizabeth Kerr.

Written Word

  1. Best Cultural/Historical Feature
    A cultural/historical feature may focus on art form, local custom, or an aspect of the past set in a particular place, e.g., attending a funeral ceremony in Bali, exploring the Roman ruins at Jerash in Jordan, or taking a backstage tour of London’s Victorian-era theatres.

    The 2017 Best Cultural / Historical Feature Award is sponsored by Quebec City.
  2. Best Environmental/Responsible Tourism Feature 
    An environmental/responsible tourism feature looks at travel from a green point-of-view and/or travel’s impact on the environment, including the human culture it operates within, e.g., breeding programs for endangered animals, a behind-the-scenes look at a LEED certified hotel, or a profile of an indigenous craftsman using sustainable materials.

    The 2017 Best Environmental/Responsible Tourism Feature Award is sponsored by Destination BC.
  3. Best Family Feature 
    A family feature is one that revolves around activities done by a family or one of its members, e.g., a father and daughter hike in the Alps, a day out with teenage sons in Seattle, or white-water rafting with grandparents.

    The 2017 Best Family Feature Award is sponsored by the Chelsea Hotel.
  4. Best Food/Drink Feature 
    A food or drink feature focuses on the culinary features (including wine, beer or spirits) of a place or region. Perhaps a profile of a city with a lively microbrewery scene, a look at the unique ingredients used in Peruvian food, or an interview with a local chef who is famous for his homemade charcuterie.
  5. Best French Language Feature
    This must be a story that, if it were in English, could be submitted in one of these four categories: Best Family Feature, OR Best Outdoors/Adventure Feature, OR Best Food/Wine Feature, OR Best Cultural/Historical Feature. The purpose of this restriction is to focus on stories where the writing quality and the strength of the narrative are the two key elements, so that the judging may be done uniformly across all entries. The feature must be written, by the author, in French. It may be a translation of an English-language story, but the translation must be done by its author, not by the newspaper or magazine in which it appears.
  6. Best Outdoors/Adventure Feature
    An outdoors/adventure feature takes the reader either into the great outdoors or possibly on an extreme adventure, or both. Canoe trips, cycling or mountain climbing might form the basis of such a story, but so too could base-jumping in the big city if it’s an activity available to visitors.
  7. Best Service Feature
    A service feature is one whose primary purpose is to provide practical information, e.g., how to get a room upgrade, where to eat in Cardiff, which galleries to visit if you’re mad about Van Gogh. The key to winning this award is to have a subject that may seem mundane, but is presented in a creative, entertaining manner.
  8. 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. Rather than an inventory of things to do, these stories will scream “This is Canada!” when readers read them. The point is to find inventive ways to bring the Canadian experience to life. This is the category by Canadians about Canadians for Canadians. Some say Canada's personality is impossible to define. We say take your best shot. 



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

  1. Best Action Photo
    Action photographs depict actual physical activity taking place in a travel locale, such as fly-fishing in Alberta, snowboarding in Switzerland, or Thai boxers competing in Bangkok. The background should help put the action itself in a travel context, but does not take precedence over the action itself.
  2. Best Photo Series
    Multiple photos (a minimum of four) can either illustrate an accompanying article, or could be presented as a slideshow of images to independently tell a compelling travel story. The images should be linked thematically and presented as a series.
  3. 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.  

Categories subject to change.