The Travel Book Wins Top Photography Honors

June 2005 (Oakland, CA)The Travel Book, Lonely Planet’s critically acclaimed pictorial of every country in the world, was awarded the Gold Award at ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards (BOTYA) which were announced at Book Expo America, the largest book publishing event in the US.  It was awarded the top honor in the photography category.

Inspirational and beautiful, The Travel Book was created with a simple goal – to represent every country in the world with amazing images and informative text in an accessible A-Z format. With the intention of showing a slice of life in each place, it focuses on a location’s beauty, fascination and singularity, and evokes the spirit of place through the icons of everyday life – people together and alone relaxing, eating, walking, reading, praying, working, sleeping, laughing and living. The result is – rather than an exhaustive reference book – a subjective “Lonely Planet” view of the world.

The images that appear in this book were selected from Lonely Planet Images. Lonely Planet Images is a digital stock library with a unique and comprehensive collection of over 150,000 travel related images taken by some of the best travel photographers in the business.

Established in 1998, BOTYA recognizes excellence, spirit, original voices, and vision in the independent press industry. This year yielded a record number of 1500 BOTYA entries, which were narrowed down to 500 finalist, and then the 184 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in fifty-one different BOTYA categories for books published in 2004.

ForeWord, a bi-monthly publication provides coverage for books from independent publishing houses that range in size from university presses publishing hundreds of titles per year to micro, POD and eBook publishers who may publish one title in a lifetime.

Lonely Planet creates and delivers the most compelling and comprehensive travel content in the world, giving travelers trustworthy information, engaging opinions, powerful images and informed perspectives on destinations around the globe. While known primarily for its 600+ travel guidebooks, Lonely Planet also offers an award-winning website, photographic image library, television production and distribution and digital travel content licensing. With a global staff of over 400, Lonely Planet is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, and has regional offices in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about Lonely Planet, visit our website at