It might not be as big or as well known as the Oscars but for travel writers, winning a gold, silver, or bronze NATJA (North American Travel Journalist Association) award is a big deal.

Focusing on travel writing, photography and travel promotion submitted by travel journalists, travel magazines, public relations agencies and destination marketing organizations, the NATJA have been honouring the “best of the best” for almost two decades. 

This year has been no exception. Over 500 submissions vied for the chance to win gold, silver or bronze in 61 award categories that covered all forms of travel writing from print to online.  

Overall, the lineup of award winners is a virtual who’s who of travel writers, including Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine,  who was named winner of the inaugural “Spirit of Kalliope Award” for overall achievement in travel journalism.

And among the ‘best of the best’  is Perceptive Travel Webzine and blog editor Tim Leffel who picked up a handful of awards, including a  Silver for this Perceptive Travel story – Two Wheels, Two Drinks: Biking Through America’s Heartland.

Another Perceptive Travel article,  One Upon a Time in Vienna by Amy Rosen, scored a Gold as well. 

Discover who won what for yourself by checking out the NATJA 2010 Awards webpage.

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.

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