Top Independent Travel Videographers Revealed in New Readers' Choice Poll

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Winners in the 10Best Readers’ Choice New Media Award for Best Independent Travel Videographer have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

  • Travel Media Ninja
    Joshua Johnson

    Joshua Johnson is an Los Angeles- based travel storyteller originally from Seattle. He writes, creates video and snaps photos to offer an adventurous glimpse of places and cultures around the world. You can find his videos at Travel Media Ninja.

  • Expert Vagabond
    Matthew Karsten

    Matthew Karsten admits he's addicted to adventure travel and photography. His videos are meant to inspire the next journey with entertaining stories, beautiful images, fun travel videos, and useful tips. You can follow the Expert Vagabond on YouTube.

  • David's been here
    David Hoffman

    David Hoffman has been thoroughly exploring one country at a time in order to share what every country has to offer through videos, guides, articles and photos. His YouTube channel is David's been here.

  • Hopscotch the Globe
    Kristen Sarah Jacobson

    Kristen Sarah delivers an out-of-the-box, off-the-beaten-path, travel channel filled with crazy adventures around the world. She offers travel tips and advice in a fun and comedic way. Follow her on YouTube at Hopscotch the Globe.

  • In Transit
    Peter Bragiel

    Peter Bragiel shares his journeys on the acclaimed In Transit blog. Peter chronicles the reality of travel and makes it almost impossible to look away. You can find Peter's In Transit videos on YouTube.

  • Kick the Grind
    Mike Corey

    Mike Corey is a self-proclaimed breakdancing marine biologist turned travel videographer. He captures our world with a curiosity that comes from never growing up. You can follow his adventures at Kick the Grind.

  • Travel Yourself
    Cailin O'Neil

    Cailin O'Neil is a travel, video and food blogger from Canada. Her quirky, funny, and knowledgeable videos take you around the world. Find Cailin at Travel Yourself.

  • Migrationology
    Mark Wiens

    Mark Wiens is a full-time travel blogger, food guide author, and video producer based in Bangkok. But most of all, he loves to eat and learn about a country's food and culture. Follow his adventures at Migrationology.

  • Travel with Kate
    Kate Thomas

    When Kate Thomas travels, she connects with locals who offer an insider's perspective on a destination. She's always seeking out great local finds and learning more about the local community. Finder her at Travel with Kate.

  • Wolter's World
    Mark Wolters

    At Wolters World, Mark Wolters aims to offer honest- to-goodness travel advice on what you will actually love and hate about traveling to different countries and towns.

  1. Mark Wolters (Wolter's World)
  2. Kate Thomas (Travel with Kate)
  3. Mark Wiens (Migrationology)
  4. Cailin O'Neil (Travel Yourself)
  5. Mike Corey (Kick the Grind)
  6. Peter Bragiel (In Transit)
  7. Kristen Sarah Jacobson (Hopscotch the Globe)
  8. David Hoffman (David's been here)
  9. Matthew Karsten (Expert Vagabond)
  10. Joshua Johnson (Travel Media Ninja)

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. Experts Brian Cox (The Travel Vlogger), Lisa Lubin (LLWorldTour), and Nadine Sykora (Hey Nadine) were chosen based on their extensive experience in social media and focus on travel videography.

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. Additional nominees included Mark Shea (Overlander), Ryan Gargiulo (Pause the Moment), Sonia Gil (Sonia's Travels), Graham Hughes (Graham Hughes Man of the World), Matt Kepnes (Nomadic Matt), Kim Mance (Go Galavanting), Rob McFarland (McTraveller), Gabriel Morris (Gabriel Traveler), Mark Shea (Overlander), Matt Stabile (The Expeditioner), and Ryan Van Duzer (DuzerTV).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY. Upcoming New Media Awards include Best Family Travel Blogger, Best Couples Bloggers, Best Budget Travel Blogger, and Best Travel and Food Blogger.

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