Winter Park, Fla. — Islands magazine was recently announced as the top travel magazine in the 2014 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation 30th Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The Lowell Thomas competition is overseen by the SATW Foundation and the awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the annual conference of SATW, the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators.


Islands won the Gold as the top travel magazine, beating out Travel + Leisure and AFAR as Silver and Bronze winners, respectively. The competition, based on work published between spring 2013 and spring 2014, drew 1,177 entries and was judged by the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


“This is a huge win for us,” said Eddy Patricelli, editor-in-chief of Islands magazine. “We squared off against far bigger rivals and we took home the gold. This win reinforces the strong content team we have here at Islands.”


The SATW Foundation distributes nearly $20,000 annually to individual winners. This year, the SATW Foundation presented 90 awards in 25 categories and nearly $20,000 in prize money to journalists. Since the first competition for work in 1984, the SATW Foundation has presented more than 2,100 awards and $420,000-plus in recognition of outstanding travel journalism.


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About Islands Magazine

Islands is the brand that’s on the ground: experience-driven travels, amazing photography and a global reach that blends once-in-a-lifetime trips with once-a-year vacations. For more than 30 years, it has tapped into the soul of the island traveler — seeking out the essence of what makes islands so alluring. In its magazine, on its website and across media platforms, Islands takes its readers on adventures they have always dreamed of, and gives them the tools to help them live those dreams.


About SATW Foundation

The non-profit, tax-exempt Society of American Travel Writers Foundation was begun in the early 1980s by a group of Society of American Travel Writers editors who were concerned about the future of travel journalism. They wanted to generate higher standards and prestige for the field. The Foundation’s mission is to improve travel journalism through recognizing and rewarding excellence in the field. To accomplish this goal, the Foundation began the first broad-based independent competition for travel journalists, the SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The Foundation funds its work through donations, which are tax-deductible under the IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3). The identification number is 52-1269215.