Diane LeBow

Diane LeBow is an award winning writer, photojournalist, and President emerita of the Bay Area Travel Writers. Based in San Francisco, Diane has published stories with Salon.com, VIA Magazine, Copley News Service, Travelers Tales, Seal, and Cleis Press anthologies, and numerous newspapers, magazines, and internet publications. Read more...


The Solas Travelers’ Tales’ 11th Annual 2017 Best Women’s Travel Bronze Award: “Dancing on the Wine Dark Sea.” (March 2017)

Bay Area Travel Writers Best 2017 – Gold Award for Magazine Travel Article: “At Home in Afghanistan”
Judge Don George, renowned travel writer and editor (SF Examiner, etc.), wrote: “This brave and evocative story richly captures multiple layers of the author’s connection with Afghanistan and especially with Afghan women. The account poignantly illuminates the plight and the potential of Afghan women in a way that brings the reader into the heart of their cause. This is a very moving and inspiring story. (February 2017). Read the winning article.

BATW Best 2017 Travel Photography Bronze Award for “Essaouira, Morocco”

Judge Robert Holmes, internationally respected travel photographer, wrote: “This photograph beautifully captures the cool, early morning in this seaside town. I love the depth in the image created by the bike in the foreground and the tiny figure in the distance through the arch… A very atmospheric shot.” (February 2017).  See the winning photo. 

See all of Diane’s awards

Recently Published

Newly published essay on on Cuba, “Cuba: Machismo and Feminism Together at Last?

Featured in the Culinary Gadabout, “London’s Soho: From Bunnies & Brothels to International Cuisine & Jazz,

Published in Clips and Pics

  • “At Home in Afghanistan,” photos from Afghanistan, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Morocco, and Libya”
  • “10,000 year old Art Galleries on California’s High Desert”

Published in California National Parks and Historic Sites’ 100th Anniversary

  • “Horses and History in Woodside, California,” (pp.88-89); “SoHum: Southern Humboldt County,” (pp.90-91 in )

Coming in December 2016: The Taste of Travel

  • “Mozarella Making with the Water Buffalo Baronessa: Paestum, Italy” (BATW publications)

Diane received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Douglass Society (Rutgers University), on October 8, 2014, in New Brunswick, NJ, the highest honor given by the Douglass Alumnae Society for her long career in writing, photojournalism, college teaching, women’s rights work, and pioneer work innovating women’s studies curricula across the country. Read more>

Life Time Acheivement Awarde

Diane Lebow has also won the 2015, 2011, and  2010 Travelers’ Tales SOLAS  Awards for Best Women’s Travel Writing. Read more about Diane’s awards.