Celebrate the extraordinary


Hosted at the Sofitel during the week of PURE, the awards ceremony is a celebration of our community and your power to Change Worlds. It’s all about honouring those who tirelessly push boundaries; combine rugged experiences with high-end sophistication; and use travel to change mindsets, empower communities and protect the planet.

Every year an expert judging panel whittles down hundreds of inspiring entries across six categories to create the final shortlist before the PURE community vote for the winners. Join us on Tuesday 10 September for an inspirational evening when we reveal this year’s triumphant travel mavericks.


We’ve selected some of the world’s most renowned, experientially minded travel journalists for our judges’ panel. They determined which entries deserved to go through to the voting stage at our Shortlisting Event, hosted at the South Kensington Club in London in August.

Chris Caldicott Photo Journalist

Chris Caldicott has worked as a global contributing editor and photographer for a huge variety of magazines, newspapers and publishers, as well as a number of hotels and travel companies. His work has taken him to well over 100 countries around the world, documenting some of its most remote and inspiring places.

Uwern Jong Editor-in-Chief, OutThere

As Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of the award-winning luxury and experiential travel journal OutThere, Uwern is an expert on the world’s most incredible, unique travel experiences.

Pamela Goodman Travel Editor, House & Garden

Pamela Goodmann picks out some of the world’s hottest destinations as Travel Editor for House & Garden, and also lends her experience to notable publications including the Financial Times and How to Spend It.

Tom Robbins Travel Editor, Financial Times

Tom Robbins joined the Financial Times as Travel Editor in 2010 and was recently named Travel Journalist of the Year at the 2019 Press Awards, underlining his credentials as a true media authority on the industry.

Francisca Kellett Travel Writer

Francisca Kellett is a travel writer and editor with a wealth of experience across leading publications including The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Tatler and LUXX Magazine at The Times. She also co-founded multi-channel creative agency Mundi & Co, which specialises in expert storytelling content for luxury hotels and travel companies.

Jade Conroy Deputy Hotels Editor, The Telegraph

Alongside her team of top travel experts, Claire Irvin produces engaging, informing and inspiring journalism at one of the UK’s leading publications. Described by The Times as one of the ‘50 Most Influential Women’ in the UK, Irvin has spent her career driving editorial innovation as a magazine editor-in-chief.

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