Muster Photo Competition

View the 2014 Muster Award winners

Since 1981, the Society of American Travel Writers has honored the finest travel photography in the SATW Muster Photo Competition (formerly the Bill Muster Photo Showcase).

As travel and travel photography have evolved, so have the awards, which are presented at SATW's annual convention.

Honors are currently given in Natural Scenics, Cultural, People, Action, Animals, Humor, and overall Portfolio categories. For 2004, an Editorial Photo Illustration category was added.

The competition has been associated since its inception with the name of Bill Muster, a SATW pioneer whose generosity has supported recognition of outstanding achievements in travel photography.

2013 Muster Award Winners

2012 Muster Award Winners

2011 Muster Award Winners

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SATW Photographer of the Year

  • 2014 Gary Arndt
  • 2013 Eric Lindberg
  • 2012 Alison Wright
  • 2011 Eric Lindberg
  • 2010 Bob Holmes
  • 2009 Ellen Clark
  • 2008 Bob Krist
  • 2007 Bob Krist
  • 2006 Blaine Harrington
  • 2005 Blaine Harrington
  • 2004 Mark Downey
  • 2003 Jack Hollingsworth
  • 2002 Steve Bly
  • 2001 Steve Bly
  • 2000 Ellen Clark
  • 1999 Tim Thompson
  • 1998 David Sanger
  • 1997 Dennis Cox
  • 1996 Richard Nowitz
  • 1995 Cliff Hollenbeck
  • 1994 Bob Krist
  • 1993 Tim Thompson
  • 1992 Robert Holmes
  • 1991 Catherine Watson
  • 1990* Robert Holmes
  • 1988 Nik Wheeler
  • 1987 Robert Wenkam
  • 1986 Tim Thompson
  • 1985 Don Normark
  • 1984 Dave G. Houser
  • 1983 Mary Lu Abbott
  • 1982 Cliff Hollenbeck
  • 1981 Lisl Dennis

* next calendar year as winning year