Announcement from Features Editor Liz Seymour and Deputy Features Editors Mitch Rubin and David Malitz:

We are excited to tell you that The Washington Post Travel section won the Gold Award for best newspaper travel coverage in the 2019 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition.

All nine features in Travel’s winning portfolio were written by reporter Andrea Sachs, and included narratives about going on a budget safari in Africa, traveling to Alaska to see the Northern Lights and witnessing the resurgence of tourism in Colombia, as well as a package on combating overtourism and an interactive guide to UNESCO World Heritage sites in the U.S.

The judges wrote: “Content rules the Washington Post’s Travel section. It delivers the facts through inviting narratives and strong photos in ways that encourage the reader to likely go beyond the story — perhaps even to travel. Stories are original in topic and original in expression. The section doesn’t shy from issues that are complicated, i.e. disposable plastics, but clearly presents them in an inviting, manageable way that draws the reader in with visuals and personal references. Through presentation, news to use “if you go” and ancillary elements, the section is more than a sum of its strong parts.”

This is the first time The Post has won the Gold award since 2014. The Los Angeles Times was awarded the silver medal, and The New York Times took bronze.

In addition, Travel section freelancer Alex Pulaski picked up the Bronze award in the Travel Journalist of the Year category.

Please join us in congratulating Travel Editor Nicole Arthur and Reporter Andrea Sachs on this terrific achievement.