The SATW Bill Muster Photo Awards recognizes excellence in photography and is named for renowned photographer Bill Muster. Since 1981 SATW has presented the Muster Awards and cash prizes for travel photography in a range of categories awarded at the annual convention.


The entry period was July 1-August 5, 2020. Entries must be received no later than August 5, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. PDT. Submissions received after this date will not be considered.


Several aspects of entering the competition have changed this year, including the naming format and allowable number of photos for Photographer of the Year and Single Subject entries. Carefully read through each link below and use the button on the bottom of the page to complete the $35 USD Muster entry payment when the submission period opens. Upon completing payment, you will receive a link to the photo submission site.


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 2020 winners here.


Cash prizes are as follows:


Photographer of the Year

Gold $1000

Silver $750

Bronze $500


Single Subject Portfolio

Gold $650

Silver $400

Bronze $250


Individual subjects

Gold $250

Silver $150

Bronze $75

Submission Options
Rules and Requirements 
Submission Procedures
File Naming Procedures


The Muster entry fee is $35USD. Once you process your payment, you will receive a link to enter your submissions. Questions? Contact SATW HQ.

2018 Muster Awards winners in Portland, Oregon