2019-20 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

105 Foreign Travel ( Newspapers,Travel Magazines,Travel Coverage in General Magazines,Travel Audio-Radio,Travel Audio-Podcasts and Guides)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Kim Cross
    Entry Title: Noel + Leon
    Entry Credit: Kim Cross
    Judge Comment: Noel and Leon "soldier down an unpaved Soviet road that never seems to bend." And so, Kim Cross takes the readers down an equal path of incredible story-telling. Beyond superb writing, what sets this story apart is that it's not written by either rider, but instead by Cross 10 years later. Their story unfolds as we meet two men who transformed from who they were when first they started pedaling and who they are today. It's more like a Rudyard Kipling tale from the exotic east.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Chris Colin
    Entry Title: Road Tennis Is the Coolest Sport You've Never Heard Of
    Entry Credit: Chris Colin
    Judge Comment: Who's ever heard of road tennis? Really. Chris Colin describes this janky unofficial national sport as a hybrid of regular tennis and Ping-Pong, often played with crude plywood paddles. This most unusual topic was explored with strong writing, entertaining anecdotes, respect for the history and the residents of Barbados, and just enough allure to lure a reader to a street game.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Sebastian Modak
    Entry Title: "In Uzbekistan, Encounters With a Dead Goat. But in a Good Way"
    Entry Credit: Sebastian Modak
    Judge Comment: "You are there" writing brings an incredible sport to life. In its own right, kopkari is amazing, but Sebastian Modak manages to grab on to the history and culture of the community and the traditions of the sport, including contributing to the betting pool. "When my teeth hit each other, I can feel the crunch of fine dust in my mouth," writes Modak as he succeeds in taking the reader with him into the scrum of horses.