The Globe's Sunday Travel section has won top awards in a nationwide journalism competition sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers.
The section, edited by Joe Yonan, won the gold prize for best travel section in a newspaper with Sunday circulation of 500,000 or more. For his portfolio of work, staff writer Tom Haines won the Grand Award as Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year. Staff photographer Jonathan Wiggs won the silver award for photographs that accompanied Haines's story on a train trip through Cuba.
The judges, faculty from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, said the Globe section ''eschews filler and does a superb job of planning and packing every inch with solid material." They singled out the N.E. Travel subsection as ''one of our favorite features."
They called Haines a ''storyteller" who transports readers through vivid anecdotes, dialogue, and scenes. ''When readers finish his stories, they are informed and entertained," the judges wrote. About Wiggs's photos, they wrote: ''The composition, style, and sense of light are superb."
The 19th annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, the most prestigious in the field, drew more than 1,100 entries in 27 categories and is open to all North American journalists. For a list of winners, visit www.satw.org.