TravMedia adds to over a decade’s ASTW support

MEDIA RELEASE

THE Australian Society of Travel Writers (astw.org.au) is delighted to announce that TravMedia, recognised as the travel industry’s primary online network for public relations managers to connect with journalists, editors and content creators worldwide has increased its sponsorship support of the ASTW for 2020.

Helen Hayes, President of the ASTW, said that the ongoing support of TravMedia is integral to the operation of the association and its ability to best serve its member database.

“The continued support of TravMedia is a vital support not only to the ASTW but also to the continued development of travel journalism and travel photography, and the encouragement it gives to a continued drive for excellence,” she said.

TravMedia already sponsor the Communicator of the Year, The ASTW Membership Cards, donate Their Appointment Scheduler to the AGM and this year will contribute ASTW writer member’s airfares, as part of their commitment to the success and growth of the ASTW AGM.

Nick Wayland, CEO of TravMedia reconfirmed their financial support of the Association saying, “The ASTW is an invaluable network of editors and journalists who are producing and sharing great content across TravMedia every day.  We are pleased to continue our thriving partnership into next year to foster great relationships within the travel industry.  The partnership between TravMedia and the ASTW continues to be a great resource for year-round support for some of Australian’s most prolific journalists”.

For more information about sponsoring awards, lunches or events; or for membership enquiries, please visit our website for more information or contact secretariat Justine White on secretariat@astw.org.au

About the ASTW

The ASTW is a 300-strong group of travel writers, editors, radio and television broadcasters and producers, bloggers, guide book authors and photographers (as well as travel industry public relations and marketing professionals) whose work appears regularly in major newspapers, magazines, airwaves and websites across Australia and the world.

All ASTW members must satisfy strict criteria to join and are obligated to substantiate their membership annually by providing details of their published output or industry participation. They must also adhere to a Code of Ethics. By ensuring that only bona fide applicants are admitted, the ASTW maintains its integrity and the professionalism of the travel industry.

About TravMedia:

Established in 1999, TravMedia is recognised as the travel industry’s network for public relations managers to connect with journalists, editors and content creators worldwide. TravMedia enables industry professionals in the travel space to share content, collaborate on campaigns and connect like never before. Providing digital solutions for the travel industry, TravMedia is evolving to become the must-have for public relations, trade and media experts. TravMedia currently operates in 10 countries Australia, United Kingdom, United States, China, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa – with a community of over 40,000 media and PR members.

Rising Star Award 2019

CALLING ALL BUDDING TRAVEL WRITERS
HKTB and ASTW annual “Rising Star” award

22 July 2019 – Following last year’s hugely successful launch of the Rising Star Award the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) have decided to collaborate again on this exciting initiative, aimed at enticing a new era of travel writers in Australia.

The ASTW, introduced the award to their Awards for Excellence programme last year to bolster writers looking to expand their expertise into the often daunting but aspirational travel writing industry.

The award is open to writers and digital influencers who have had their first paid travel story published in the past two years.

Entries will be reviewed by three judges, including ASTW committee member and former editor Jeremy Bourke, HKTB’s Regional Director – Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Andrew Clark, and award-winning freelance journalist and media industry academic, Lee Mylne. The travel editor for Australian media organisation, Nine, will review a shortlist of finalists to select the final winner.

The winner will receive a trip to Hong Kong, including return economy airfares; four nights’ accommodation; return airport MTR passes; MTR Octopus pass with HK$200 credit; dinner at Happy Paradise to the value of HK$830; Good Evening Kowloon walking tour; Tea House Theatre Experience at the newly opened Xiqu Centre; a HK$2,000 Klook voucher. The winner’s subsequent Hong Kong story will be published online by the Nine Traveller editorial team and will be considered for print.

Lastly, the winner will also receive a one-year Rising Star membership to the ASTW and will be invited to attend an ASTW Christmas lunch where they will be presented with their award.

ASTW President, Helen Hayes said “last year’s inaugural Rising Star garnered a great response and the winner’s story on Traveller.com.au was very well received. Justin Meneguzzi has since proven to be a valuable member.”

“With more than 300 members, the organisation holds a wealth of information, advice and talent which we want to share with those eager to craft a career in the travel writing industry,” Ms Hayes said.

HKTB’s Regional Director – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Andrew Clark said “last year I was extremely impressed by the high calibre of entries. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the ASTW to support emerging talent.”

“The destination content created by the 2018 Rising Star Award winner really captured the spirit of Hong Kong and I’m excited to see what this year’s winner will produce.”

“Its many microcosms of culture, East meets West atmosphere and buzzing neighbourhoods make   Hong Kong the perfect destination for a travel writer with endless story opportunities.”

Last year’s winner, travel writer and photographer, Justin Meneguzzi said “Winning last year’s Rising Star Award was an incredible experience and learning opportunity. It gave me the chance to meet and learn from some of Australia’s top PR, editors and fellow travel writers at ASTW events, and then there was the prize famil to one of my bucket list destinations – Hong Kong. Having my article published on Traveller.com.au was hugely rewarding and a great addition to my professional portfolio. If you’re a budding travel writer and thinking of applying, I can’t recommend it enough. Take the plunge and enter.”

Award criteria

Award entrants are Australian writers or digital influencers who have had their first paid travel story published in the past two years. The award submission must be a travel-related article published between 31 October 2018 and 30 October 2019. The article must be a paid commission and judges will need to see evidence of story payment, upon request. The article will have featured in a print publication with a minimum circulation of 20,000 or online publication with a minimum of 10,000 unique visitors per month.

How to enter

Entries are open from 1 August 2019 to 2 November 2019 via astw.org.au.

The winner will be announced on 28 November 2019 on www.astw.org.au/news; www.facebook.com/AustralianSocietyofTravelWriters and will also be notified via phone.

For more information on the award visit www.astw.org.au or for information about Hong Kong, visit www.DiscoverHongKong.com/au.

Notes to editors:

The Australian Society of Travel Writers Incorporated (ASTW) is the most highly respected travel media body in Australia. Founded in 1975 and incorporated in 2011, it is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting ethical and honest travel, and the unbiased reporting of it. On a day-to-day basis, the ASTW is run by an elected committee and a salaried Secretariat. The ASTW has more than 340 members who are freelancers and staff writers, travel editors, radio and television broadcasters, bloggers, guidebook authors, photographers and public relations (PR), social media and marketing professionals. www.astw.org.au

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is a government-subvented organisation with the principal responsibilities of marketing and promoting Hong Kong as a preferred destination worldwide, as well as enhancing visitors’ experience once they arrive. www.discoverhongkong.com

For more information contact:

Sarah McCarthy – sarah.mccarthy@hktb.com / 02 8262 6810

Saskia Baker – saskia@smbcommunications.com.au / 0407 752 813

Mandy Dwyer – Mandy.Dwyer@scenic.com.au / 0417 133 374  

Writing and Photography Awards Calendar

CLIA – Media Award – Cruise Lines International Association

https://www.cruising.org.au/CLIA-Events/Cruise-Industry-Awards

Awards held Feb 2019. Entries for 2020 TBC

AFTA NTIA Awards – Australian Federation of Travel Agents

http://www.afta.com.au/events/ntia

Nominations open Jan each year. Awards held in July. (20th July 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

https://www.moranprizes.com.au/competition/2019-moran-contemporary-photographic-prize

Entries close around early March (6th March 2019) Winners announced in May (7th May 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

National Geographic Travel Photo Contest (Categories Nature, Cities, People etc)

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/contests/travel-photo-contest-2019/

Entries close around March, late entries accepted until May for increased fee. Winners announced around June.

Head On Photo Festival (Categories Portrait, Landscape, Mobile)

https://www.headon.com.au/

Entries close around mid-February. Awards held around May.

Tasmanian Media Awards

https://www.meaa.org/meaa-media/state-media-awards/tasmanian-media-awards/

Nominations close around mid-March. Awards held around May. Dates for 2020 TBC

South Australian Media Awards

https://www.meaa.org/meaa-media/state-media-awards/sa-media-awards/

Entries close around March. Awards held around June. Dates for 2020 TBC

Fremantle International Portrait Prize – Biennial Award

https://fipp.org.au/

Entries closed for 2019. Exhibition 13-27 October 2019

ASTW Awards for Excellence

https://astw.org.au

Entries close around April (30th April 2019) Awards held around October (19th October 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

PATA Gold – Award – Pacific Asia Travel Association

https://www.pata.org/pata-gold-awards/

Entries close around April. Awards held around September. (19th September 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

Travel Media Awards (For work published in print or online in UK)

https://travelmediaawards.com

Entries close around April-May. Awards held in September. (20th September 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC.

Australian Photography Awards (includes Landscape, Travel/Street, Wildlife, Portrait, Mobile etc)

https://www.australianphotographyawards.com.au/

Entries open June-Sept (1st June – 2nd September 2019) Dates for 2020TBC.

Kennedy Awards – Outstanding Travel Writing

http://kennedyawards.com.au

Entries close 1st July each year. Awards held around August. (9th August 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

The Nature Conservancy 2019 Photo Contest

https://www.natureaustralia.org.au/get-involved/how-to-help/photo-contest/

The global photo contest will open on 1st August 2019 and close 31st August. There will be a range of categories including one for Australia-based photographers, with fabulous local and global prizes you can win from a prize pool of $20,000!

Queensland Clarion Awards

http://clarions.org

Entries close around July. (12th July 2019) Awards held around September. (7th September 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

National Photographic Portrait Prize

https://nppp.portrait.gov.au/

Entries open around October (October 2019 for 2020 prize)

WA Media Awards

http://www.wamediaawards.com.au

Entries open around June and close around August. (24th June- 2nd August 2019) Awards held around November (2nd November 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

NT Media Awards

https://www.meaa.org/nt-media-awards/

Entries open around July and close around August. (2nd July-13th August 2019) Awards held around November (16th November 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC 

Walkley Awards

http://www.walkleys.com/awards/

Entries open around July and close around August (1st July to 31st August 2019) Awards held around November (28th November 2019) Dates for 2020 TBC

Australian Travel Awards (Categories include Social Media & PR Campaigns, Tourism Boards etc)

http://www.australiantravelawards.com.au

Entries close around August (30th August 2019; late entries 6th September 2019) Awards held around November (29th November 2019)