Awards

Society of American Travel Writers Honors World's Best Travel Photographers in 2012-2013 Bill Muster Photo Competition

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) annual convention, held in Indianapolis this year, provides the forum to announce the 2012-2013 Bill Muster Photo Competition winners. Since 1981, the “Musters” have honored the finest travel photography in the world. The award categories include Natural Scenics, Cultural, People, Action, Animals, and overall Portfolio categories.

Society Of American Travel Writers The competition has been associated since its inception with the name of Bill Muster, a SATW pioneer whose generosity has supported recognition of outstanding achievements in travel photography. One of the greatest honors Muster received in his lifetime was when SATW bestowed the Marco Polo Award on him in 1988, in honor of his extraordinary service to the Society. SATW also named their photo contest after Muster for his effort in developing the show. It is now known as the Muster Photo Competition.

Nori and Bill Muster said their father was "an enthusiastic traveler, who identified with SATW and participated in many SATW conventions in the 1970s and 1980s, including India, Israel, and Australia. He loved the group and made many life-long friends."

"In the 20 years I've been involved with SATW, members always tell me the Musters are one of their favorite highlights of the convention," said Michael Ventura, judging coordinator. "The Musters really appeal because we see everyone – writers, PR pros and more – all win awards."

The winning photos are on display at www.satw.org/index.php/awards/photo-competition. This year's winners are:

Photographer of The Year

Gold: Eric Lindberg (Lakewood, CO, www.ericlindberg.com)

Silver: Alison Wright (New York, NY, www.alisonwright.com)

Bronze: Blaine Harrington III (Littleton, CO, www.blaineharrington.com)

Single Subject Portfolios

Gold: Donnie Sexton, Amazing China (Helena, MT, www.pressroom.visitmt.com)

Silver: Michael Snell, Bavaria (Lawrence, KS, www.michaelcsnell.com)

Bronze: Douglass Peebles, Hawaii, At Water's Edge (Kaneohe, HI, douglaspeebles.com)

Action Category

Gold: Chad Case (Boise, ID, chadcasephotography.com)

Silver: David Burnett (Newburgh, NY, www.davidburnett.com)

Bronze: Laura Watilo Blake (Bay Village, OH, www.farflungtravels.com)

Honorable Mention: Ellen Clark (Los Angeles, CA, www.ellenclarktravel.com)

Honorable Mention: Steve Rosenberg (Dublin, CA, ReefID.org)

Honorable Mention: Steve Bly (Boise, ID, www.blyphoto.com)

Animal Category

Gold: Michele Burgess (Huntington Beach, CA, www.infocustravel.com)

Silver: Steve Rosenberg (Dublin, CA, ReefID.org)

Bronze: Bhaskar Krishna Murthy (Mission, KS, www.dewworks.com)

Honorable Mention: Michael DeFreitas (Delta, BC, www.iwritetravel.com)

Honorable Mention: David Swanson (San Diego, CA)

Honorable Mention: Stuart Dee (Vancouver, BC, www.studeeo.com)

Cultural Category

Gold: Mark Downey (Portland, OR, lucidimages.com)

Silver: Ellen Clark (Los Angeles, CA, www.ellenclarktravel.com)

Bronze: Donnie Sexton (Helena, MT, www.pressroom.visitmt.com)

Honorable Mention: David Noyes (Derby, NY, www.noyestravels.com)

Honorable Mention: Cosmo Condina (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, www.cosmocondina.com)

Honorable Mention: Kate Pocock (Toronto, ON, www.familytravelink.com)

Natural Scenic Category

Gold: Greg Vaughn (Eugene, OR, www.gregvaughn.com)

Silver: Chad Case (Boise, ID, chadcasephotography.com)

Bronze: Greg Vaughn (Eugene, OR, www.gregvaughn.com)

Honorable Mention: Michele Burgess (Huntington Beach, CA, www.infocustravel.com)

Honorable Mention: Gary Crallé (Georgetown, ON, www.garycralle.com)

Honorable Mention: Michele Burgess (Huntington Beach, CA, www.infocustravel.com)

People General Category

Gold: Gail Mooney (Brookside, NJ, www.kellymooney.com)

Silver: Dennis Cox (Ann Arbor, MI, www.denniscox.com)

Bronze: Stuart Dee (Vancouver, BC, www.studeeo.com)

Honorable Mention: David Noyes (Derby, NY, www.noyestravels.com)

Honorable Mention: Cosmo Condina (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, www.cosmocondina.com)

Honorable Mention: David Noyes (Derby, NY, www.noyestravels.com)

People Portrait Category

Gold: Chad Case (Boise, ID, chadcasephotography.com)

Silver: Lee Foster (Berkley, CA, www.fostertravel.com)

Bronze: David Noyes (Derby, NY, www.noyestravels.com)

Honorable Mention: Roger Norum (Stamford, CT, www.rogernorum.com)

Honorable Mention: Steve Bly (Boise, ID, www.blyphoto.com)

Honorable Mention: Ellen Clark (Los Angeles, CA, www.ellenclarktravel.com)

SATW's membership includes writers, editors, photographers, journalists, filmmakers, and communications professionals who specialize in the travelindustry. SATW promotes responsible journalism, provides professional support and development for its members, and encourages the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide. To learn more about the Society, please visit www.satw.org and follow @SATW. 



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