Travcom (New Zealand Travel Communicators) is calling for entries to its annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.

New categories and new sponsors have been added to TravCom's lineup for the 2015 Cathay Pacific Media Awards. The annual awards give travel writers and photographers and this year, for the first time, travel bloggers the chance to win big prizes.

The supreme winners of the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year and Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year awards will each receive double tickets to Zurich travelling with Cathay Pacific.

New sponsor Christchurch Airport will award New Zealand's Best Travel Blog with a cash prize of $2000. Another new award, in the Travel Writing Category, is for the Best Responsible Tourism Story, with a prize sponsored by Travel Corporation's Treadright Foundation. TravCom is also pleased to welcome Maui and Destinations Magazine on board as sponsors.

The deadline for entering is Friday, 27 February 2015 for the travel writing and travel photography awards.  The deadline for the New Travel Writer of the Year Award and the new Best Travel Blog of the Year award is Friday 6 March 2015. All winners will be announced at a gala evening on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at the Heritage Hotel, Auckland.  Each entry is a $10 entry fee.  Entrants in the Travel Writing, Travel Photography and Best Travel Blog of the Year awards must be Travcom members.  New Travel Writer entrants do not need to be Travcom members.
Entry forms:  (for easy-print versions please scroll down)

Writing Entry Form

Photography Entry Form

New Travel Writer of the Year online Entry form

New Travel Writer of the Year Award PDF

Best Travel Blog of the Year online Entry form

Best Travel Blog of the Year Award PDF

Award categories and prizes

Writing awards:

  • Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award
  • maui Award for the Best Travel Story over 1000 words
  • Westpac Award for the Best Travel Story under 1000 words
  • Heritage Hotels Award for the Best Travel Story about New Zealand
  • Interislander Award for the Best Story about a Journey
  • British High Commission and Tourism Ireland Award for the Best Travel Story about Britain and/or Ireland
  • NZ Maori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Story about a Maori experience
  • Treadright Foundation Award for the Best Responsible Tourism Story
  • AA Directions New Travel Writer of the Year Award - click here for more information about this award

Photography awards:

  • Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award
  • Heritage Boutique Collection Award for the Best Travel Image taken in New Zealand
  • Air Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort Award for the Best Travel Image taken outside New Zealand
  • AA Directions Magazine Award for the Best Travel Image with People
  • NZ Maori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Image that captures the essence of Maori
  • Destinations Magazine Award for the Best Unpublished Travel Image

Digital award:

  • Christchurch Airport Award for the Best Travel Blog of the Year

How to enter: download entry forms click here:             Writing Entry Form              Photography Entry Form               

 New Travel Writer of the Year Award                 Best Travel Blog of the Year Award

or to receive entry forms by email contact

For more information about the:
Photography awards and how to enter click here - Entry deadline Friday 27 February 2015
Writing awards and how to enter click here - Entry deadline Friday 27 February 2015
New Travel Writer of the Year award and how to enter click here - Entry deadline Friday 6 March 2015
Best Travel Blog of the Year click here - Entry Deadline Friday 6 March 2015

Entry deadline: Friday 27 February 2015 for the Photography and Writing awards
Entry deadline:  Friday 6 March 2015 for the New Travel Writer of the Year and Best Travel Blog of the Year Awards

 

About Travcom
Travcom is a not-for-profit association of travel writers, photographers, broadcasters and travel-related communicators involved in promoting a high standard of travel writing and travel photography and in publicising New Zealand and international tourism. To reinforce the aim of encouraging excellence in travel writing and photography Travcom organises the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. Membership of Travcom offers good networking opportunities and benefits.

For more information please contact Helen Davies on or call 021 1781 384.

Easy Print versions of the entry forms (no pictures):

Writing entry form - easy print version

Photography entry form - easy print version

New Travel Writer of the Year entry form - easy print version

Best Travel Blog of the Year - easy print version

Plus Tips on Entering download

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