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SATW – Bill Muster Photo Awards

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) has awarded Blaine Harrington III top honors as the 2022 Photographer of the Year in the prestigious SATW Bill Muster Photo Awards. Eric Lindberg and Eric Stoen also scored high marks as the Silver and Bronze Photographers of the Year respectively.

Named for the late Bill Muster, a renowned photographer, and SATW member, the SATW Muster Photo Awards recognize excellence in travel photography featuring nature, people, and cultures. These awards are presented each year at SATW’s annual convention which took place in Milwaukee this year. The images are taken between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2021, and entrants must be SATW members.

“This award has become one of the most highly sought after in travel journalism,” said SATW President Larry Bleiberg, ”which is a testament to the extraordinarily high standard of excellence that the contestants, year in and year out, bring to their work. SATW’s Board of Directors values the Muster family’s passion for capturing the world’s monuments and people, its natural landscapes and culture, through the lens of a camera, and for their support of SATW’s photographers.”

After serving in WWII, Bill Muster graduated from the University of Illinois and devoted his life to capturing images for newspapers and media companies. He was a venerated member of the SATW community. Since 1981, SATW has presented the Muster Awards and cash prizes for travel photography in a range of categories awarded at the annual convention. After Bill Muster died in 1989, his children Nori and Bill Jr., have generously continued their father’s legacy with an annual gift that funds the cash prizes awarded for individual photos as well as portfolios.

The Winners of the 2022 SATW Bill Muster Photo Awards Are:

Photographer of the Year: Gold – Blaine Harrington III; Silver – Eric Lindberg; Bronze – Eric Stoen

Single Subject: Gold: – Gary Crall; Silver – Ellen Clark; Bronze – Art Meripol

Action/Adventure: Gold – Mark Downey; Silver – Bob Holmes; Bronze – Marlene Goldman

Animal: Gold – Paul Rubio; Silver – Greg Vaughn; Bronze – Karen Leperi; HM – Michael Snell

Culture: Gold – Lina Stock; Silver – Donnie Sexton; Bronze – Jim Ferri; HM – Stuart Dee

Natural Scenic: Gold – Greg Vaughn; Silver – Stuart Dee; Bronze – Mark Downey

People General: Gold – Dino Vournas; Silver – Sandra Foyt; Bronze – Marlene Goldman

People Portrait: Gold – Bob Holmes; Silver – Mark Downey; Bronze – Karen Leperi

Founded in 1955, SATW and its members have adapted continually to meet an-ever changing media landscape. Today, SATW remains the nationߣs premier professional travel media organization comprising 1,000 of the travel industryߣs most experienced journalists, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website owners, media relations experts, and hospitality industry representatives from the United States, Canada and beyond. All members must meet and maintain the industry’s highest standards of productivity, ethics, and conduct, and support SATW’s mission of  “Inspiring Travel through Responsible Journalism.”  360 Magazine is excited to see people getting recognition for their work, especially for photography. 

SATW is a vibrant resource in and to the travel industry for bringing travel media and destinations together. Importantly it has become a community where professionals can network, learn through professional development, share peer-to-peer best practices and experiences, and build relationships. At its annual convention, SATW also presents the Phoenix Awards, given to destinations for cultural and natural preservation, and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, the industry’s highest honors in travel journalism.

SATW also champions the ongoing struggle for racial equality with formal statements of diversity, equity, and inclusion publicly welcoming all races, religions, ethnicities, physical abilities, and the LBGTQ community. This initiative is supported by an active Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Committee, which presents programs on diversity and seeks to ensure the membership is inclusive and welcoming to all professionals.

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Bill Muster Photo Awards Open July 1

Submissions for the prestigious Bill Muster Photo Awards, presented by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), will be accepted beginning today, July 1, through July 31. Open to amateurs as well as professionals who are members of SATW, this contest is one of the most highly respected and sought after by the most talented photographers in the travel industry.

The Bill Muster Photo Awards recognizes excellence in photography and is named for the renowned photographer, publisher, and tourism executive, Bill Muster. Since 1981, SATW has presented the Bill Muster Photo Awards and cash prizes for travel photography in a range of categories awarded at the annual convention.

Award categories range from culture, people, and nature to single subject and overall portfolios that represent a more comprehensive look at a photographer’s work. All images must have been shot between July 1, and June 30. Photos do not need to have been published in order to be submitted.

This year’s registration and submission period is July 1, 2021, to July 31, 2021. The entry fee is $35. Late registration is from August 1 until August 7 and will be at an increased fee of $55. This year’s three outstanding judges include a publisher and two art directors. Full competition rules and information on how to enter are found here. All contestants regardless of their status have an equal opportunity to enter and win cash prizes, up to and including the $1,000 Photographer of the Year award.

Winners of the Bill Muster Photo Awards will be announced at SATW’s annual 2021 Convention held this year at the lakeside city of Milwaukee. Registration for the 2021 SATW Annual Convention in Milwaukee is now open. New members are welcome and applications are available on their website.

SATW is working hand in hand with Visit Milwaukee to offer an exciting and informative meeting that includes world-class professional development, speakers, and tours of the local art and architecture, culture, and the city’s stunning natural assets that are driving it forward as a thriving urban destination.

Known as a big city of little neighborhoods, Milwaukee’s 191 unique neighborhoods are what make up the city’s one-of-a-kind culture. From Bay View to Bronzeville and from Clarke Square to Riverwest, Milwaukee’s unique neighborhoods are the backbone of the city. As they say, there’s no such thing as business as usual in Milwaukee.

SATW: A Welcoming and Vibrant Community

Founded in 1955, SATW remains the nation’s premier professional travel media organization comprising nearly 1,000 of the travel industry’s most experienced journalists, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website owners, media relations experts, and hospitality industry representatives from the United States, Canada and beyond. All members must meet and maintain the industry’s highest standards of productivity, ethics, and conduct, and support SATW’s mission of inspiring travel through responsible journalism.

SATW and its members are forever meeting and overcoming the challenges of the changing media landscape. As a result, the organization is a vibrant resource in and to the travel industry and is a valuable platform for bringing travel media and destinations together. SATW welcomes new applications and you can find information on the website.