Travel Writing and Photography Awards Calendar

Travel Awards

Global Travel Awards

ASTW has partnered with the British Guild of Travel Writers and the Society of American Travel Writers for the inaugural Global Travel Awards. ASTW writers, photographers and PRs will be competing with colleagues from Britain and the US, with the winners pocketing US$1000 each as well as receiving a wonderful prize. More information here.

ASTW Awards for Excellence

The ASTW Awards are open only to ASTW members, with 21 categories in total. Entries close around 1 May 2020 and presented at the annual AGM in October. More information to be published soon. View the 2019 winners here.

CLIA – Media Award – Cruise Lines International Association

AFTA NTIA Awards – Australian Federation of Travel Agents

Nominations open Jan each year. Awards held in July.

Tasmanian Media Awards

Nominations close around mid-March. Awards held around May.

South Australian Media Awards

Entries close around March. Awards held around June.

PATA Gold – Award – Pacific Asia Travel Association

Entries close around April. Awards held around September.

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

Entries close around April-May. Awards held in September.

Kennedy Awards – Outstanding Travel Writing

Entries close 1st July each year. Awards held around August.

Queensland Clarion Awards

Entries close mid-July. Awards held around September.

WA Media Awards

Entries open around June and close around August. Awards held around November.

NT Media Awards

Entries open around July and close around August. Awards held around November. 

Walkley Awards

Entries open around July and close around August. Awards held around November.

Australian Travel Awards

Categories include Social Media & PR Campaigns, Tourism Boards. Entries close around August. Awards held around November.

Photography Awards

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

Entries close around early March. Winners announced in May

National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Categories include Nature, Cities, People. Entries close around March, late entries accepted until May for increased fee. Winners announced around June.

Head On Photo Festival

Categories include Portrait, Landscape, Mobile. Entries close around mid-February. Awards held around May.

Fremantle International Portrait Prize – Biennial Award

Entries closed for 2019. Exhibition 13-27 October 2019

Australian Photography Awards

Categories include Landscape, Travel/Street, Wildlife, Portrait, Mobile. Entries open June-Sept.

The Nature Conservancy 2019 Photo Contest

The global photo contest open in 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.

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Entries open around October.

Underwater Tour Awards

This international underwater photography competition has five categories and closes 29 Feb 2020.

Prizes for each of the five category winners comprise; AUD$500 cash, a Nautilus Lifeline personal rescue beacon and Momento Pro AUD$250 photo book voucher PLUS an overarching GURU AWARD for the winning portfolio submission of a minimum of five (5) photos. The Guru winner will receive a Whales Underwater whale swim experience of 7 nights/5 days on the water in Tonga.