SATW Bill Muster Photo Awards

About the Muster Awards

The SATW Bill Muster Photo Awards recognizes excellence in photography and is ‎named for renowned photographer Bill Muster, who generously established a foundation to support this annual travel photography award. Since 1981 SATW has presented ‎the Muster Awards and cash prizes for travel photography in various categories ‎awarded at the annual SATW convention.‎



We thank the Bill Muster Foundation and the Western Chapter of SATW for their financial support of this‎ year’s awards.

The awards are open to all SATW members and the entry fee is $35. Full competition rules and information on how to enter are ‎found here. The registration link will be active on June 1.‎
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The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers alike. Active, Associate, ‎and Emeritus members have an equal opportunity to enter and win cash prizes, ‎including the $1,000 Photographer of the Year award. Winners will be announced at the SATW ‎annual convention in Istanbul in November and will be featured in the Bill Muster Photo ‎Awards presentation.‎
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This competition is open to professional and amateur photographers. Don’t be ‎bashful about entering work. Freelance, editors, associates, and emeritus have an ‎equal opportunity to enter and win cash prizes generously donated by Nori Muster ‎and Bill Muster, Jr. You can view the 2024 winners here.

Cash prizes are as follows:

Photographer of the Year

  • Gold $1000
  • Silver $750
  • Bronze $500


Single Subject Portfolio

  • Gold $750
  • Silver $400
  • Bronze $300


Individual subjects

  • Gold $300
  • Silver $200
  • Bronze $100

Submission Options
Rules and Requirements 
Submission Procedures
File Naming Procedures


Once you submit your payment, you will receive a link to enter your submissions. Questions? Contact SATW HQ.

Note: Several aspects of entering the competition have changed last year, including file naming, two ‎new categories, and rules regarding types of ineligible photos such as AI-enhanced images. ‎Carefully read through each link below and use the button on the bottom of the page to complete the $35 ‎USD Muster entry payment. Upon completing payment, you will receive a link to the photo submission ‎site and instructions on how to submit your portfolio using‎

2023 Muster Awards winners in Colombia