29th Annual NATJA Awards Competition Categories

Entry Period: October 1st to November 30th, 2020

Quick Links: Media Categories · Organization (CVBs, DMOs, PR Groups) Categories · Print Publications · Online Publications

All submissions must have been FIRST published, distributed, broadcast, and/or released between September 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020.

MEDIA SUBMISSIONS: Journalists, Authors, Photographers, Artists

GENERAL TRAVEL ARTICLES

For articles published in a print or online publication (newspaper, magazine, website, blog, or other media).

100 Destination Travel
Article on a travel destination that was published in a print or online newspaper, magazine, or other digital publication.

101 Illustrated Story
Travel article with text and photography by the same person/journalist, published in a print/digital publication, i.e. newspaper, magazine, travel blog, journalism/publication website.

102 Long-Form Narrative/Personal Essay
Narrative or personal essay that tells a travel story, published in either a print or online publication. Minimum of 1500 words.

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SPECIAL FOCUS TRAVEL ARTICLES

For articles published in a print or online publication (newspaper, magazine, website, blog, or other media).

120 Lifestyle, Personality, and Profiles
Travel article focused on a destination's lifestyle, or on profiling a person or group of people.

121 Luxury & Resort Travel
Travel article focused on luxury and/or high-end travel, activities, or properties, such as resorts and other exclusive properties.

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

123 Cruises
Travel article focused on a cruise or cruising.

124 Historical Travel
Travel article focused on a destination's history or a historical site/event.

125 60+ Travel
Travel article focused on older adults or their travel lifestyle.

126 Family Travel
Article focused on family travel.

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

128 Cultural Travel
Travel article focused on a destination and its culture or performing or visual arts.

129 Eco, Environmental or Volunteer Travel
Article focused on the environment, green travel or travel that helps communities through programs involving volunteers.

130 Health and Wellness Travel
Article focused on travel for health, wellness, self-improvement and/or transformative travel.

131 LGBTQ+ Travel
Article focused on the LGBTQ+ travel experience.

132 Accessible Travel
Article that focuses on travel experiences for individuals with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

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BROADCAST/STREAMING

For video and audio that has broadcast or streamed online.

140 Travel Video
Program focused on the traveler or the travel experience. Video must have been streamed on a website or streaming service or broadcast on network or cable television.

141 Travel Documentary 
Documentary focused on a destination, its people or culture, or travel experience and/or issue. Documentary must have been streamed on a website or streaming service or broadcast on network or cable television.

142 Travel Web Series
Informative travel web series with a minimum of 3 episodes in its catalog. Please submit only one episode for consideration.

143 Travel Podcast
Program focused on the traveler or the travel experience that was broadcast as a podcast. Please submit only one episode for consideration.

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PHOTOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION

Review Guidelines for instructions on submitting in Photography categories. All submissions must have been published in a print or online publication (newspaper, magazine, website, blog, book, or other media).

150 Cover or Feature Photo, Illustration
Cover photograph/illustration. Limited to one photo per entry submission.

151 Landscape, Seascape, Nature
Image in which the main subject is a landscape, cityscape, seascape, plant or animal life, or similar subject. Limited to one photo per entry submission.

152 Portrait, People
Image in which the main subject is a person or group of people or similar subject. Limited to one photo per entry submission.

153 Sports, Recreation, and Adventure
Action image depicting a sport, recreation, adventure, or similar subject as it relates to travel. Limited to one photo per entry submission.

154 Photo Essay
Collection of travel photographs or illustrations (by a single photographer/artist) that best represents a destination or travel experience.

155 Cultural
Image whose focus is demonstrating cultural travel, performing or visual arts, or the humanities. One or more photos per entry submission.

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MISCELLANEOUS

160 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. 

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

162 Travel Tips & Advice During a Pandemic
Consumer-focused advice including tips, how-tos, and recommendations for traveling during a pandemic.

163 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Travel content that reflects a positive, educational, or insightful experience for a better understanding.

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ORGANIZATION SUBMISSIONS: CVBs, DMOs, PR AGENCIES

200 Visitors’ Guide (Printed or Digital) or Website
Guide or website that uses creative strategies to attract the audience to visit the destination. Published by a CVB, DMO or PR Agency.

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

202 Social Media or Marketing Campaign
Marketing campaign that generated media coverage or user engagement/participation on social media.

203 Big Idea
Creative strategies that successfully addressed a specific challenge for a destination. Results generated significant media coverage, increased revenue and/or tourism for the destination.

204 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Successful tourism marketing campaign that reflects on the history of the destination that specifically addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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300 Travel Magazine – Print or Online
Website or Magazine directed to travelers or focused on the travel experience. The magazine should be substantially informational. For in-flight or general circulation magazine, submit only one issue per entry.

301 Independent Travel Blog
An independent travel website focused on presenting opinion and commentary and/or travel information and advice. The site should have substantial new material. A travel 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). Please submit an entire website, not individual blog articles.

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