BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards

The BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards (MEA) recognise the very best work of members in travel writing, photography, blogging and broadcasting, in a series of 13 awards judged by UK and international travel industry professionals.

The categories for 2020 are split into two groups:

The first nine awards recognise a member’s individual piece of work.

BGTW Members Excellence Awards logo
  • Travel Feature of the Year – UK
  • Travel Feature of the Year – non UK
  • NEW for 2020 – Travel Feature of the Year – Regional and Specialist Media
  • NEW for 2020 – Specialist Travel Feature of the Year – the Bryn Frank Award
  • Transport Feature of the Year – The Kenneth Westcott-Jones Award
  • Travel Book of the Year – The Adele Evans Award
  • NEW for 2020 – Travel Photo Feature of the Year
  • NEW for 2020 – Travel Blog Post of the Year
  • NEW for 2020 – Travel Broadcast of the Year

Four awards recognise a member’s wider skill set through a portfolio of four items.

  • BGTW Travel Blogger of the Year
  • BGTW Travel Broadcaster of the Year
  • BGTW Photographer of the Year
  • BGTW Travel Writer of the Year

Members submit their best work for judging. The judging panel comprises a wide range of national and international travel editors, photographers, bloggers and broadcasters, including members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW).

The winner of ‘BGTW Travel Writer of the Year’ in 2019 was Emma Thomson (centre), seen here with Jennifer Howze (left), representing the BGTW and Sue Ockwell, representing category sponsor Travel PR.

In each category the judges look for a combination of creativity, originality and quality, identifying a shortlist of up to six entries in each category. This list of finalists is announced at the start of November.

The winners are announced at the BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner. This will take place at The Savoy hotel in central London on Sunday 31 October 2021, a revised date due to the impact of the pandemic.

More information

If you’re a BGTW member and would like to submit your work for this year’s MEA, please log in to the Members’ section of the website and click on the awards tab. Full details of each award, entry criteria, closing date and how to enter will be found there.

Please note that entries for the MEA 2020 are now closed.

Buy tickets or be a sponsor

The BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards are given out at the BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner. Individual tickets, or tables of 10, 11 or 12 are available for purchase. If you would like buy tickets or explore sponsorship opportunities, please email the BGTW Secretariat.