The Seattle Times’ NWTraveler section and travel writer Brian J. Cantwell have won awards in the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s annual travel-journalism contest.
NWTraveler, which is edited by Kristin Jackson, was named as the top newspaper travel section (in its circulation category). It runs each Sunday in print. Cantwell won third place as the travel journalist of the year. The awards were announced Tuesday at the SATW convention in Iceland.
The competition, based on work published between spring 2013 and spring 2014, drew 1,177 entries and was judged by the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Among the judge’s comments on NWTraveler: “From the moment you look at its headlines, the NWTraveler connects with readers. I love the design, I love the photos and I love the story choices.”
On Brian Cantwell’s stories, the judge commented: “One of the hallmarks of a good storyteller is to take a somewhat ordinary topic and use a unique approach to engage the reader … Brian Cantwell does just that.”
>For a full list of the winners and more judges’ comments, see satwf.com.