[Australia] Worldnomad's Travel Photography Scholarship 2008

World Nomads & National Geographic Channel are giving one exceptional student the chance to go on assignment with renowned wildlife photographer Jason Edwards (http://www.bio-images.com/tempo/)! The brief is to photograph the Arid Lands Festival (http://www.aridland saustralia.org/) and The Great Hughenden Endurance Camel Race - a 160 km camel endurance race run in the stunningly beautiful area of Porcupine Gorge in Outback Queensland, Australia. Porcupine Gorge Queensland, image coutesy of Tourism Queensland.

As part of this assignment, you will work alongside and receive mentorship from Jason Edwards, gaining valuable hands-on experience in everything from shot set up, technique and composition through to insights into his many years of diverse experience as an award winning photographer.

To help you take professional photos, the scholarship recipient will receive an Olympus E3;
digital camera with 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 Standard Wide Zoom Lens plus a new Lenovo Ideapad Y-510 laptop computer to store your photos and keep your journal.

The scholarship recipient's top photos will be published on the National Geographic Channel's website where they will be viewed by thousands of travellers world wide and offer you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get your foot in the door of one of the most revered exploration organisations in the world!

The Scholarship also includes airfares from your nearest international airport, accommodation, travel insurance, visa costs and per diems.

Highly regarded for his wildlife and remote landscape photography, Jason Edwards is represented by National Geographic Image Collection.

What you'll be doing

  1. We'll fly you in from your country of residence to Longreach, Australia. You'll need to be available to be in Australia between August 19-26, 2008. The festival dates are August 22,23 & 24, 2008.
  2. In Hughenden, you will work alongside Jason Edwards photographing the camel race, festival events and local landscape. Your assignment will involve observing and assisting Jason as well as undertaking your own photographic work. This involves VERY early mornings, and long days
    chasing the perfect shot, this is not a pool-side holiday!
  3. You will keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this to a World Nomads travel journal, including pictures you've taken.
  4. On your return you will submit your top photographs to National Geographic Channel for publication on www.natgeotv.com.au.
  5. Most of all, you'll be experiencing what it's like to be a photographer-on-asssignment with National Geographic!

Who can apply

  1. To be eligible you have to be currently enrolled and actively studying at a recognised educational tertiary institution and speak and write fluent English.
  2. Minimum age 18.
  3. You must have a valid drivers licence and be comfortable driving a manual vehicle. This is the Outback!
  4. You should be an exceptional photographer with a lust for adventure, ambition to grow your photographic skills and desire to travel to Outback Australia.

Apply now
If you want it, you've got to show it. To apply you need to:

  1. Shoot a series of photos (maximum of 5) that tell a story about a place you have visited. The judges will be looking for:
    • originality
    • ability to convey a story through photos
    • excellent technique
  2. Upload your photos (maximum of 5) from this theme to Flickr and
    • Use the image captions to tell us about the place you photographed.
    • Tag your images with the keywords 'Scholarship 2008' - remember to use the inverted commas.
    • Add the images to the World Nomads Group . Only photographs in this group, tagged correctly will be considered
  3. Complete an entry form which includes a 300 word (max) essay on why you should be chosen and copy and paste the links to your photo series.
  4. The recipient of the Scholarship, along with the best entries will be published on the World Nomads website on July 14, 2008.

Applications close midnight (Australian Eastern Standard time) June 30, 2008.
More Information:
http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/post/16743.aspx

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