2019-20 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Atavist Magazine
    Entry Title: The Wild Ones
    Entry Credit: Melissa Sevigny
    Judge Comment: In a remarkable re-creation, Melissa L. Sevigny recounts a ground-breaking boat trip through the Grand Canyon in 1938. Two botanists-Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter-joined to gather plant specimens. Only 50 men had successfully made this journey. Sevigny had letters Clover and Jotter wrote during the trip, plus Jotter's diary and newspaper clippings. Her chronological narrative is full of colorful details and used tension and foreshadowing. The story also showed that women could face danger as well as the men.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Outside
    Entry Title: The Tragedy on Howse Peak
    Entry Credit: Nick Heil
    Judge Comment: This is the story of three expert alpinists who died in an avalanche in Canada. The human side is told through the eyes of family members and friends. The author expertly weaves together the family's reaction in the hours as they waited for news with an examination of why climbers felt the need to experience danger. The specific case adds humanity and interest to the larger issue.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Jayme Moye
    Entry Title: Thirteen Feet Under
    Entry Credit: Jayme Moye
    Judge Comment: This gripping narrative re-creates the experience of three skiers who were caught in an avalanche. Two were able to dig themselves out, but the third was buried. When they located her using beacons, they started digging. Time was their enemy. The author uses the rescue as the spine while leaving to give background on such things as the medical issues of oxygen deprivation. The structure emphasizes the tension and holds readers until the end.
  • Place Name: Honorable Mention
    Contestant Name: Pam Mandel
    Entry Title: Welcome to the Land
    Entry Credit: Adam Karlin
    Judge Comment: In a reported essay, the author takes readers to the point in Alaska where it meets the Arctic Ocean. Basing his visit in Utqiagvik, a town of 4,500, he paints an unromantic portrait of life in this remote village where tradition and technology overlap. He lets readers follow him as he talks to residents about what they like about living there and examines the context of life in the village. It is both entertaining and enlightening. And then he jumps in the ocean for a bracing dip.