2020 Travel
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About The TVAs

Travel Video Awards

2020 Program

The third annual Travel Video Awards (TVAs) honors innovative and inspiring travel videos released in 2019 by both independent filmmakers and brands from across the globe. The TVAs recognizes distinguished cinematic and cutting-edge digital video content across a variety of categories. Nominees will be invited to attend the third annual Travel Video Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 21, 2020 for. Winners of the Nomad Award, Independent Audience Award and TVA-Steller Award will receive cash prizes, and all category winners will receive distinction awards.

Independent Track

The Independent track honors the best videos from independent filmmakers. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge. The Nomad and Audience Award winners will receive the above and a cash prize.

Main Categories:

  • Best Wanderlust – Videos that inspire the viewer to engage with destinations and experiences highlighted in the video.
  • Best Documentary – Videos that document a travel-related subject, phenomena, culture, event, or issue.
  • Best Hosted Video/Series – A video or series that features a host or hosts as they share a story, journey or adventure.

Special Categories:

  • Best Culinary Video/Series – A program that explores the world through a culinary lens where food, spirits and wine are a centerpiece of the journey.
  • Best Adventure Travel Video/Series – A program showcasing incredible and sometimes treacherous  journeys as told through the lens of thrill-seeking hosts and filmmakers.
  • Best VR/360 Video/Series – A program showcasing the world, journeys and stories told through a truly immersive lens.
  • Best Drone Video/Series – A program showcasing the world, journeys and stories told mostly through the use of a drone.

Industry Track

The Industry track honors the best videos from travel industry brands, lifestyle brands, and media companies. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge. The Audience Award winner will also receive the above.

Main Categories:

  • Best Video by a Cruise Line – Videos created by the cruise line industry that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by an Airline – Videos created by the airline industry that inspire exploration and tell stories from across the globe.
  • Best Video by a Hospitality Brand – Videos created by a hotel brand or home-sharing brand that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by a Tourism Board/DMO – Videos created by a Tourism Board/DMO that highlight the spirit and stories of a destination.
  • Best Video by a Tourism Agency/Operator – Videos created by a Tourism Agency/Operator that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by a Media Company – Videos created by media publishers & distributors that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by a Lifestyle Brand – Videos created by lifestyle brands that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Travel Video Advertisement Videos up to :90 seconds in length created by a brand or agency distributed as an advertisement on TV and/or digital.

Special Categories

  • Best Culinary Video/Series – A program that explores the world through a culinary lens where food, spirits and wine are a centerpiece of the journey.
  • Best Adventure Travel Video/Series – A program showcasing incredible and sometimes treacherous  journeys as told through the lens of thrill-seeking hosts and filmmakers.
  •  Best VR/360 Video/Series – A program showcasing the world, journeys and stories told through a truly immersive lens.
  • Best Drone Video/Series – A program showcasing the world, journeys and stories told mostly through the use of a drone.

Steller Track

The TVA – Steller Award will recognize mixed-media (video, photo, text) travel stories being uploaded to Steller.co – one of the world’s largest travel storytelling platforms and community reimagined for today’s mobile-first travelers. Steller lets everyone capture and share personal stories simply and conveniently on their mobile device or via the web at Steller.co

Categories & Prizes

Independent Track

The Independent track honors the best videos from independent filmmakers.

The Nomad Award
$2,000

The Nomad Award will be given to an Independent track nominee whose submission exemplifies the highest excellence in travel filmmaking. All Independent track nominees are eligible for The Nomad Award.

Audience Award
$1,000

The Independent Audience Award will be given to the creator of the video that tallies the highest number of votes from the Independent track. All Independent track nominees are eligible for the Audience Award.

Best Video By
Category

The Independent track honors the best videos from independent filmmakers. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge.

Main Categories

  • Best Wanderlust Video
  • Best Hosted Video/Series
  • Best Documentary

Special Categories

  • Best Culinary Video/Series
  • Best Adventure Travel Video/Series
  • Best VR/360 Video/Series
  • Best Drone Video/Series

Categories & Prizes FAQ

Industry Track

The Industry track honors the best travel videos from the travel industry, media companies, production companies, creative or media agencies, and lifestyle brands.

Audience Award

The Industry Audience Award is given to the creator of the video that tallies the highest number of votes from the industry track. All Industry track nominees are eligible for the Audience Award.

Best Video By Category

The Industry track honors the best videos from travel industry brands, agencies, and others. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge.

Main Categories

  • Best Video by a Cruise Line
  • Best Video by an Airline
  • Best Video by a Hospitality Brand
  • Best Video by a Tourism Board/DMO
  • Best Video by Tourism Agency/Operator
  • Best Video by a Media Company
  • Best Video by a Lifestyle Brand
  • Best Travel Video Advertisement

Special Categories

  • Best Culinary Video/Series
  • Best Adventure Travel Video/Series
  • Best VR/360 Video/Series
  • Best Drone Video/Series

Categories & Prizes FAQ

Steller Track

The TVA-Steller Award will nominate four stories and select one winner.  The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a commemorative trophy and digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge.

Categories & Prizes FAQ

How to Enter

Submission Process

Step 1

Verify Eligibility

Independent track, Industry track or Steller Awards?  Be sure to check our guidelines and read the terms and conditions before applying.

Step 2

Complete The Form

Be sure to correctly fill out all of the information in the submission form before submitting.

Step 3

Submit Before The Deadline

Final deadline to apply is January 17, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.  Nominees will be officially announced on March 3, 2020.

KEY SUBMISSION POINTS
  • Must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Entrant must be video owner, authorized company representative, or agent
  • Video must have been aired or digitally published in 2019
  • Video entries must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, SamsungVR.com or VeeR.tv, and link to video must be submitted
  • Video must be in English or have English subtitles
  • Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law
  • Steller story entries must provide a story URL from Steller.co

Questions? See the submission guidelines

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • The competition is open to any creator/filmmaker, company, or organization in the travel industry, any media/publishing brand, as well as any non-travel industry/lifestyle brand that has created a travel-related program embodying the goals and spirit of the TVAs.
  • All submitted videos must have been aired or digitally published between January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
  • Only video owners and authorized representatives or agents of the content are able to submit videos for consideration.
  • Only independent creators and filmmakers who own and have mostly financed their own content will be considered for the Independent track. Fully sponsored content is ineligible for the Independent track.
  • Fully sponsored content from creators, and company-owned content are only eligible for Industry track categories.
  • All video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, VeeR.tv and SamsungVR.com to be eligible.
  • All video submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.
  • Independent track entrants may submit a single video in one (1) of the main categories and as many relevant sub-categories.
  • Industry track entrants may submit a single video in one (1) category best associated with an entrant’s industry category as well as any relevant sub-categories; and as many travel video advertisements of a duration no longer than :90 seconds to the Best Travel Video Advertisement category.

 

Be sure to read the full terms and conditions.

FAQ

  • What qualifies as a travel video?
    A travel video is a short film that defines a destination, highlights single or multiple locations, shows off local culture and inspires the viewer to travel.
  • But my doc is about turtle racing in Argentina, does that count?
    Videos just about turtle racing wouldn’t count. But if it uses a story about turtles as a lens to view the community and location tied to that sport and in a way that inspires travel, that counts. We can also reassign nominees if the video would be better suited for another category. Please remember that this year both Independent and Industry Track videos can be submitted across multiple categories within their tracks, where appropriate.
  • So what category do I submit under?
    If you aren’t sure, contact us at thetravelvideoawards@citizine.tv. One of our staff members will help you.
  • I’m an indie filmmaker.  My film received donations from brands to support our travel, can I still submit as an independent film?
    Depends. Our purpose is to support those filmmakers who self-financed their own films for the love of travel and story. Films mostly supported by brands or if you were paid by a brand should be submitted under the Industry track under the appropriate brand group. Films with multiple sponsors can be submitted across multiple brand categories. It’s a great way to show your sponsors some love and potentially receive recognition for everyone involved. So if you were paid by a brand or if your film is based primarily on a donation you received from a brand, then that film is considered branded, i.e. a travel experience, hotel review, destination review, a tour or a vehicle that is showcased throughout your road trip and is your primary means of travel on the trip. Hence, any donation from a brand or combination of brands with a value in excess of $2,000 dollars, will categorize it as a branded film. Hey, they believed in your vision, too!
  • We’re a travel brand, can we submit across multiple categories?
    This year, yes!  As a brand you can submit multiple videos to your respective industry category.  However, you can also submit a video into this year’s new Special Categories – (1) Culinary Video/Series; (2) Adventure Travel Video/Series; (3) VR/360 Video/Series; and (4) Drone Video/Series.  For example, if you’re an airline that created a video that showcased adventure travel and heavily used drones, you could submit it into the Airline category as well as the Adventure Travel and Drone categories for consideration.  Brand videos, regardless of their format, should be submitted in the category for your brand. For example, if you are a magazine, submit the video under “Media Company.” If you are a B&B, home sharing brand or hotel, etc., submit your video under “Hospitality.”  If you are a restaurant, apparel company, auto brand, spirits brand, sportswear or travel gear company, etc., submit under “Lifestyle Brand,” and so forth. Separately, you may submit multiple travel advertisement videos to the Best Travel Video Advertisement category (see following questions for details) Please do not submit Travel Video Advertisements to the Branded Video categories.
  • What qualifies a Travel Video Advertisement?
    The Travel Video Advertisement category is industry agnostic.  Only travel video advertisements up to :90 seconds in length that have appeared on TV or digital platforms during 2019 may be submitted. In the rare case that you have an advertisement, and not a branded video, that’s longer than :90 seconds, please contact thetravelvideoawards@citizine.tv with a link to the advertisement, in order to be considered in this category.
  • What’s the difference between a branded travel video and an advertisement?
    Branded travel video formats include influencer supported videos, sponsored videos of various storytelling formats intended to raise brand awareness (i.e. documentaries, profile pieces, narrative fiction stories, etc.), and any other video type available for public consumption intended to inspire exploration and interaction with your brand that’s not an advertisement.
    The TVAs qualify Travel Video Advertisements as short paid videos with a total runtime of :90 seconds or less presented with the intention to engage the audience in the use or purchase of a product from your brand.
  • If I am nominated for a category, can I announce the nomination to my audience?
    Yes. Nominees are encouraged to announce their nomination, as each nominee will have the opportunity to win the Audience Award via the audience voting process. 
  • How will my video(s) be evaluated?
    Videos will be evaluated based on the category criteria by the panel of jurors.
  • I submitted a video for consideration, but would like to withdraw from the competition. How can I do this?
    Send an email to thetravelvideoawards@citizine.tv with your name, video URL, and reason why you would like to withdraw.  Please be aware that there will be no refund of the submission fee that you were charged at the time of entry.
  • Where can I see the complete details about the competition?
    You can find the official rules here.

AWARDS

  • Who is eligible to vote for the Audience Awards?
    Individuals who register to vote for the Audience Awards can vote once per video.
  • When is the voting period for the Audience Awards?
    The voting period for the Audience Awards (Independent & Industry) will begin on March 3, 2020, and will close on March 31, 2020. Voter eligibility is open to all.
  • How many films will be selected as winners?
    There is one winner per category. Each nominee will be eligible for an Audience Award (respective of the nominee’s track), and each Independent track nominee will be eligible for the Nomad Award.
  • What are the prizes for the winning films?
    Go to the Prizes section to see all of the prizes.
  • When will I be notified if my film is selected for a nomination?
    Nominees will be notified in early March of their nominations
  • When is the award show?
    The award show will be on April 21, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at a private location.
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