2017 NATJA Awards Competition Categories

Note: The 2017 NATJA Awards Competition is not yet open for submissions. Categories listed here are subject to change.

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All submissions must have been FIRST published, distributed, broadcasted, and/or released between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.

MEDIA SUBMISSIONS: Journalists, Authors, Photographers, Artists

GENERAL TRAVEL ARTICLES

100 Destination Travel, Domestic Newspaper
Article on a travel destination that was published in a domestic newspaper. See General Guidelines #11.

101 Destination Travel, Domestic Magazine
Article on a travel destination that was published in a domestic magazine of general circulation. See General Guidelines #11.

102 Destination Travel, International Newspaper
Article on a travel destination that was published in an international newspaper.

103 Destination Travel, International Magazine
Article on a travel destination that was published in an international magazine of general circulation.

104 Byline Travel Column—Greater than 250,000 Circulation
Column on a travel subject that was published in a newspaper or magazine with a circulation greater than 250,000.

104A Byline Travel Column—Less than 250,000 Circulation
Column on a travel subject that was published in a newspaper or magazine with a circulation less than 250,000.

105 Travel Series—Print Publication
A series of articles (two minimum, three or more preferred) with a common theme that was published in print. The series does not need to be authored by the same journalist.

106 Travel Series—Online Publication

A series of articles (two minimum, three or more preferred) with a common theme that was published in an online platform (blog, digital magazine, etc.). The series does not need to be authored by the same journalist.

107 Destination Travel, Online Publication.
Article on a travel destination that was published in a digital magazine or other online publication with considerable traffic, such as a travel blog or journalism/publication website.

108 Illustrated Story, Newspaper.
Travel article with text and photography by the same person/journalist, published in a newspaper.

109 Illustrated Story, Magazine.
Travel article with text and photography by the same person/journalist, published in a print magazine.

110 Illustrated Story, Online Publication.
Travel article with text and photography by the same person/journalist, published in a digital magazine or other online publication with considerable traffic, such as a travel blog or journalism/publication website.

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SPECIAL FOCUS TRAVEL ARTICLES—PRINT

For articles published in a newspaper, magazine, or other printed media.

120 Lifestyle
Travel article focused on a destination's lifestyle or profiling individuals with a particular lifestyle.

121 Luxury Travel
Travel article focused on luxury and/or high-end travel, activities, or properties.

122 Sports, Recreation, and Adventure
Travel article focused on sports, recreation, or adventure.

123 Resorts
Travel article focused on a resort, B&B or other leisure property.

124 Cruises
Travel article focused on a cruise or cruising.

125 Personality and Profiles
Travel article focused on a personality or as a profile of people.

126 Historical Travel
Travel article focused on a destination's history, a historical site/event or profiling a historical figure.

127 50+ Travel
Travel article focused on travel, travelers, or travel lifestyle for adults age 50+.

128 Intergenerational and Family Travel
Travel article focused on family travel or other intergenerational travel.

129 Culinary Travel
Travel article focused on food, wine, beer or spirits and/or a culinary destination or activity.

130 Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel
Travel article focused on cultural, educational or self-improvement program, site or activity.

131 Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel
Travel article focused on eco, environmental or special purpose travel.

132 Leisure or Hobby Travel

Travel article that focuses on leisure or hobby-based activities.

133 U.S. National Parks Services Centennial Celebration
Travel article that focuses on a United States National Park. This category is being offered only this competition year in celebration of the Centennial Anniversary.

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SPECIAL FOCUS TRAVEL ARTICLES—ONLINE

For articles published electronically on a website, online publication or blog

140 Local Lifestyle
Travel article focused on a destination's lifestyle or profiling individuals with a particular lifestyle.

141 Luxury & Leisure Travel
Travel article focused on luxury and/or high-end travel, activities, or properties.

142 Sports, Recreation, and Adventure
Travel article focused on sports, recreation, or adventure.

143 Resorts
Travel article focused on a resort, B&B or other leisure property.

144 Cruises
Travel article focused on a cruise or cruising.

145 Personality and Profiles
Travel article focused on a personality or as a profile of people.

146 Historical Travel
Travel article focused on a destination's history, a historical site/event or profiling a historical figure.

147 50+ Travel and Travelers
Travel article focused on travel, travelers, or travel lifestyle for adults age 50+.

148 Intergenerational and Family Travel
Travel article focused on family travel or other intergenerational travel.

149 Culinary Travel
Travel article focused on food, wine, beer or spirits and/or a culinary destination or activity.

150 Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel
Travel article focused on cultural, educational or self-improvement program, site, or activity.

151 Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel
Travel article focused on eco, environmental or special purpose travel.

152 Leisure or Hobby Travel

Travel article that focuses on leisure or hobby-based activities.

153 U.S. National Parks Services Centennial Celebration
Travel article that focuses on a United States National Park. This category is being offered only this competition year in celebration of the Centennial Anniversary.

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BROADCAST

160 Travel Broadcast - Video
Program focused on the traveler or the travel experience that was broadcast on television or online. The broadcast should be substantially informational.

161 Travel Broadcast - Audio
Program focused on the traveler or the travel experience that was broadcast on radio, as a podcast or audio guide. The broadcast should be substantially informational.

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PHOTOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION

170 Overall Excellence - Print Publication
Travel photograph/illustration or collection (by a single photographer/artist) that best represents a destination or travel experience, appearing in a print publication

170A Overall Excellence - Online Publication
Travel photograph/illustration or collection (by a single photographer/artist) that best represents a destination or travel experience, appearing in a digital publication, website, or blog.

171 Cover Photo, Illustration
Cover photograph/illustration for a travel related publication, in print or online. One photo entry per submission.

172 Landscape, Seascape - Print Publication

Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is a landscape, seascape or similar subject appearing in a print article or book. One photo per entry submission.

172A Landscape, Seascape - Online Publication
Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is a landscape, seascape or similar subject appearing in a digital publication, website, or blog. One photo per entry submission.

173 Portrait, People - Print Publication
Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is a person or group of people or similar subject appearing in a print article or book. One photo per entry submission.

173A Portrait, People - Online Publication
Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is a person or group of people or similar subject appearing in a digital publication, website, or blog. One photo per entry submission.

174 Facility, Architectural - Print Publication
Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is a destination facility or other architectural or similar subject appearing in a print article or book. One photo per entry submission.

174A Facility, Architectural - Online Publication
Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is a destination facility or other architectural or similar subject appearing in a digital publication, website, or blog. One photo per entry submission.

175 Nature - Print Publication
Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is plant or animal life or similar subject, appearing in a print article or book. One photo per entry submission.

175A Nature - Online Publication
Photograph/illustration in which the main subject is plant or animal life or similar subject, appearing in a digital publication, website, or blog. One photo per entry submission.

176 Photo Essay - Print Publication
Collection of travel photographs/illustrations (by a single photographer/artist) that best represent a destination or travel experience appearing in a print publication.

176A Photo Essay - Online Publication
Collection of travel photographs/illustrations (by a single photographer/artist) that best represent a destination or travel experience appearing in an digital publication, website, or blog.

177 U.S. National Parks Services Centennial Celebration
Photograph/illustration that focuses on a United States National Park that appeared either in a print or digital publication, website, or blog. This category is being offered only this competition year in celebration of the Centennial Anniversary.

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MISCELLANEOUS

190 Travel Book or Guide
Book focused on a travel experience or guide focused on providing necessary information to travelers to a specific destination. May be principally photography or text.

191 Trade Travel Article
Travel article written for or about the travel industry.

192 Travel Roundups
Roundups that focus on destinations or activities, such as top destinations, what to do or eat in a particular destination (i.e. top ten travel destinations). For traveler advice and tip roundups, please see Category 193.

193 Travel Tips & Advice
Traveler- or consumer-focused advice including tips, how-tos, and roundups.

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ORGANIZATION SUBMISSIONS: CVBs, DMOs, PR AGENCIES

200 Visitors’ Guide (Printed or Electronic)
Published by a CVB, DMO or PR Agency.

201 Destination Video
Published by a CVB, DMO or PR Agency. Includes online videos and television promotional spots.

202 Destination Website
Published by a CVB, DMO, or PR Agency.

203 Social Media or Marketing Campaign
Published by a CVB, DMO or PR Agency.

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300 Travel Magazine with general circulation. Submit only one issue per entry.

301 In-Flight Magazine. Submit only one issue per entry.

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ONLINE PUBLICATION SUBMISSIONS

302 Online Travel Magazine
Website or digital magazine directed to travelers or focused on the travel experience. The online magazine should be substantially informational.

303 Independent Travel Blog

Travel blog website focused on presenting opinion and commentary and/or travel information and advice. The blog should have substantial new material. A blog is considered independent if it is not affiliated with a major publication or major corporate entity and it is owned and operated by individual(s).

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