Monday, November 21, 2016


The Lowell Thomas awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced in October 25 Wenzhou, China, at the annual conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators. David Noyes received the bronze in the Best Travel Book category for The Photographic Tourist.

The competition, for work from spring 2015 to spring 2016, drew 1,307 entries. This year, the SATW Foundation is giving 80 awards in 24 categories and nearly $20,000 in prize money to journalists in recognition of outstanding travel journalism.

Here is what the judges said about The Photographic Tourist: “David Noyes provides a sensible and persuasive argument in text and photos for taking the time to learn how to take pictures more thoughtfully when we travel. The stories are there, all around us, and all we need to do is connect, interact, learn and shoot. The book provides clear and simple tips for how to bring home beautiful images, even in situations (like group tours) where access is limited and less conducive to creativity. It’s a real gift to the traveler looking for authenticity.”

Awards for The Photographing Tourist include:

SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award
Bronze: Best Travel Book

North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA)
Gold: Best Travel Book

Next Generation Indie Book Awards
First Place Grand Prize Winner for non-fiction
Gold: Coffee Table Book/Photography
Gold: Travel/Travel Guide
Gold: Best Overall Design Non-Fiction

IBPA—Benjamin Franklin Awards:
Silver: The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction)
Silver: Interior Design

Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
Bronze: Travel Essay

Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Award:
Bronze: Photography
Finalist: Travel

NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

APEX Awards for Publication Excellence
Grand APEX Award in Print Media 2016

Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 photographs from around the world, and featuring twelve magazine-style travel narratives, THE PHOTOGRAPHING TOURIST takes you on a journey to remote corners of our fascinating world. Through a blend of tips, techniques, advice, anecdotes, and stories, Noyes will help you develop the well-trained eye of a travel photographer and inspire you to explore new places and cultures in more depth than a simple snapshot can reveal.

THE PHOTOGRAPHING TOURIST explores the photographic challenges of traveling on a guided or escorted tour—the “tour” in tourist. For a photographer, traveling as a tourist presents many challenges, the most significant is the constraint of an itinerary. “Meet back on the bus in 30 minutes” are dreaded words if you hope to create beautiful photography in an unfamiliar place. That doesn’t mean that you can’t produce great photography on a tour; it just means you need to appreciate your travel experience and make the most of the thirty minutes, hour, or two hours you have before moving on to the next location.

Filled with Noyes’ stories about isolated cultures, exploring local life, and challenging personal adventures, this storytellers guide to travel and photography reads like an eight-month collection of your favorite travel magazine. From environmental portraits and local lifestyles, to landmarks and sacred places, the chapters explore different photographic subjects that a tourist photographer will encounter. Sprinkled throughout the book are also technical shorts with valuable information on elements of design, composition, depth of filed, exposure, using lines, and developing a point of view.

The Photographing Tourist was written to be a timeless book that is as much about the experience of traveling as a photographer, as it is the techniques of travel photography. You will learn to think differently about travel and photography and to investigate a destination as part of the human condition. Above all, this book will encourage you to truly cherish your chance encounters as you photograph the world.


As a travel writer and photographer, David Noyes has been fortunate to visit some of the world’s great places and has been touched by both the beauty and tragedy of the human condition. He has received numerous awards for his photography and travel writing including the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) Travel Photographer of the Year, three consecutive years, and two prestigious Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism.

A graduate of R.I.T. and Harvard University, David started his career as a corporate and advertising photographer. He was also the founding publisher and editor of two award-winning lifestyle and travel magazines, including AAA Western and Central New York’s membership magazine. In 2013, David launched Innocent Eyes Project, Inc., a United States-based nonprofit corporation that supports child education programs in the developing world. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

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