The Purpose: New and traditional media continue to be a much-trafficked avenue for travelers seeking advice on potential holiday destinations. In recognition of the integral role its media partners play in continued success of destination Barbados, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) will once again host the Barbados Tourism Media Awards.

Winners will be chosen for their exceptional work in capturing the essence of Barbados. The presentation of awards will coincide with the 9th annual Barbados Food & Rum Festival, slated for October 18 – 21, 2018. Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to experience and write about the unique festival.

The judging panel will comprise representatives from the tourism, hospitality and literary fields who will assess the submissions within the following 12 categories:

Awards will be offered in 12 categories including:
  • Bajan PassportBest Feature Article in a Trade Publication
  • Nailed ItBest Feature Article in a Consumer Publication
  • We T’ingBest Feature by a Caribbean-based Journalist in Caribbean media
  • Is That an Accent?Best Feature by Foreign Journalist in Foreign Media
  • Dear DiaryBest Story by a Blogger
  • How Can this Knot be Love?Best Story on Romance
  • Platinum CoastBest Story in a Luxury Publication
  • Shaken not StirredEpicurean Excellence Media Award
  • #NoFilterBest Photo in Conjunction with a Feature Article
  • Golden MicBest Feature Broadcast
  • Standing OBest of the Best by the Judges of all Submissions
  • Home Drum Beat FirstBest story by a Barbadian Journalist in a Local Publication
Selection Criteria
  • Only entries submitted by BTMI PR agencies or qualified media shall be eligible.
  • Submissions by foreign-based journalists who contribute to media in the U.S.A, Canada, Europe, U.K., Latin America and the Caribbean are eligible.
  • Submissions by journalists who contribute to foreign-based media are eligible.
  • Minimum circulation for a newspaper or magazine entries is 20,000.
  • All entries must have been published or broadcast during the period August 1, 2017 and August 1, 2018.
  • Only one entry per person per category will be allowed.
  • Entries must be submitted by August 17, 2018. Winners will be announced on September 17, 2018.
  • Submissions should showcase creativity and thoughtful knowledge of Barbados and have a provocative story angle.
  • Award recipient agrees to allow his/ her winning work to be published in part or entirely on www.visitbarbados.org.
  • By submitting an entry, the participant grants the BTMI an irrevocable, royalty-free and perpetual license right to use without restriction and reproduce all submitted work, whether an article or photo or video, including without limitation the copying, transmission, distribution and publication for display or promotion purposes. The participant will be credited every time the article or photo or video is used.
  • By submitting an entry, the participant represents and warrants that he/ she is the author of the article or photo entered for the award and shall defend and hold the BTMI harmless from any action, claim, loss, damage, liability and/ or expense arising from or connected to the infringement of intellectual property rights or copyright with respect to the submitted work.
  • The winner agrees to allow his/ her photograph to be taken and utilized for publicity purposes.
  • Awards will be presented during the awards ceremony held October 16, during the Barbados Food and Rum Festival in Barbados.
  • Where the selection criteria herein stated have not been met, the entry shall be disqualified.
Guidelines for Submission
  • Only entries submitted by BTMI, its public relations agencies or qualified journalists shall be eligible.
  • No fee is required to submit.
  • The relevant category being entered must be clearly specified with each entry.
  • • Entries must be submitted in the following formats and uploaded via the official website at www.barbadostourismmediaawards.com or, alternatively, emailed or sent via web transfer to [email protected].
    • Print: A scanned copy of the publication(s) in pdf and, where possible, a web link.
    • Broadcast: A copy of the script (to include transcript of the SOTs and lead-ins) and a digital link to the feature or a download link.
    • Photo: One .jpg copy of the photograph and one electronic copy of the publication (to include the photo) in which the photograph appeared, in pdf.
    • Blog: A link to the feature.
  • Print (newspaper and magazine) entries must clearly show the name of the publication, the date of publication, the title(s) and the name(s) of the journalist(s).
  • Broadcast entries must include the name of the entity that broadcast the piece, the date and time of broadcast and the names of the producer(s) and presenter(s).
  • Eligible participants may enter as many categories as they wish but may not submit more than one (1) entry per category.
  • For the Golden Mic (Best Broadcast Feature), where an entry is a series or serial, only one programme from the series or serial shall be submitted.
  • Entries will not be accepted after the stated deadline.
Judging Process
  • Criteria for the judging of entries shall be:
    • Content – Relevance, accuracy, cohesiveness of material and adherence to journalistic standards.
    • Structure & Form – Relevance of the topic, clarity, pace, structure (introduction, development and conclusion), presentation of information & ideas.
    • Title – Relevance of title, concision & clarity.
    • Quality of Language – Use of language, quality of syntax, quality of sentence structure.
    • Originality – Originality of ideas, ability to spark audience’s curiosity, boldness, creativity.
  • Depending on their assessment of the standard of entries, the judges may withhold awards in any category as they see fit. They may also ascribe “Special Mention” (without award) to an entry where warranted.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.