Some call the Lowell Thomas Awards the Oscars of Travel Journalism. Most journalists know of it as the most prestigious journalism awards in the world, and we are thrilled to have won gold in two categories at a ceremony held on September 16 at the SATW convention in Iceland. Best Travel Blog and Best Photo Illustration of Travel.
Winner! Best Travel Blog
We now understand how the young actresses feel when they win that Oscar fresh out of the gate. What now? Where to next? When you beat National Geographic in a category, it's sort of like beating Meryl Streep in your first starring role. So you can imagine our shock when we woke up one morning and saw our twitter feed filled with congratulations. We were giddy with excitement!
We wanted to say that we couldn't have done any of this without the support of you, our readers. It is having your support and reading your comments in social media and at our travel blog that has kept us going and striving to be better. If we don't have people coming to our website, every award in the world wouldn't matter. We want to be able to provide you with value, information and entertainment.
“The Planet D is a refreshing user-centered blog that provides interesting posts and photos of both frequently visited destinations and hidden treasures. The design of the pages gives necessary space for the beautiful photography from around the world. The videos are a vital piece of this blog and help make the writers feel like close friends sharing their recent trip.”
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We also won Best Photo Illustration for this photo story: Remarkable Arctic Ice
What the judges said:
“The title says it all — this is “remarkable.” Each shot in the series is poised to take your breath away with unique scenes and great natural lighting, contrasted with shadows and yet displaying incredible detail. Each scene is like a masterpiece that makes you want to sit back and study every detail as it grabs you with commanding photographic excellence. Overall, the photos offer a unique view of a travel destination that not many get to experience in their lifetime. However, the photos can captivate you and take you there, even if it’s just in the fleeting moments as one is immersed in the beautiful artistry that this package displays.”
A Travel Blog, but Also a Photography Blog
If you read ThePlanetD regularly, you'll already know that we are a very photography heavy blog. Dave honed his skills in the film business for over a decade as the head of the lighting department. He picked the brains of on-set stills photographers and even while working in the movies, he did photo shoots on the side, had a photography studio set up in our basement, took many photo workshops and entered photo competitions early on. His photography experience goes back many years before we started our blog. Light is the key to photography and by honing his talents of shaping and working with light on movies like X-Men and the Incredible Hulk, he learned what light works for photography. That is why we are so thrilled that Dave won gold in the Photo Illustration category at.
So for the next few weeks we will ride a high of winning such a prestigious award. We are beside ourselves with gratitude and by winning something so big, we feel that we are ready for more! It's not a time to sit back and relax, it is a time to push the limits, explore new territory and begin the next chapter of our travel blogging career. We hope you stick around for 2015 because we have a lot of exciting things in store!