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World Nomads 2010 Travel Photography Scholarship – Bhutan

Worldnomads.com, National Geographic Channel & JoJo’s Adventures Bhutan are giving one exceptional individual the chance to go on assignment with renowned wildlife photographer Jason Edwards to The Kingdom of Bhutan – land of the Thunderdragon!

This your chance to photograph the deeply spiritual and mystical Bhutan as it slowly opens up to the modern world, maintaining a strong balance with its ancient traditions. Nestled in the Himalayas, bordering India and China, 65% of Bhutan is under forest cover, making its pristine ecology home to rare and endangered flora and fauna.

To help you take the best photos, you will receive AU$2000 worth of Pentax photographic equipment of your choice.

Objective

Shoot a series of photos (maximum of 5) that tell a story about a place you have visited. ‘Place’ may be anywhere; somewhere in your own community or much further away.

The judges will be looking for:

  • originality
  • ability to convey a story through photos
  • excellent technique

Prizes

World Nomads will fly you in from your country of residence to Paro, Bhutan where you will meet your JoJo’s Adventure guide for your 7 day trip. You’ll need to be available to be in Bhutan between 5 December – 12 December, 2010.

On the trip, which has been specifically designed for the assignment, you will work alongside Jason Edwards photographing rare and endangered wildlife in the Phobjikha Valley including the White Bellied Heron (there are only 200 left in the world, and 30 live in this valley) Black Necked Cranes. The trip will also include historical architecture and traditional Bhutanese culture.

You will gain invaluable mentoring and 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.

Most of all, you’ll be experiencing what it’s like to be a photographer-on assignment with National Geographic!

To help you take the best photos, you will receive AU$2000 worth of Pentax photographic equipment of your choice.

Your best photos will be published on the National Geographic Channel’s website where they will be viewed by thousands of travellers worldwide, offering 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!

Rules

  • Anyone can apply – this is open to photography students, lovers of photography or any non-professional trying to kickstart a career in travel photography.
  • Minimum age 18 with a good level of fitness as there is trekking involved.
  • This is a global opportunity – you may apply from any country.
  • You should be an exceptional photographer with a lust for adventure, ambition to grow your photographic skills and forge a career in Travel Photography, and of course a desire to travel to Bhutan.
  • Remember this is a scholarship, a learning experience, and therefore will not be suitable for professional or Semi-professional photographers.

How to enter?

  1. Add your photos to Worldnomads.com.
  2. Describe your photos in 300 words or less and why you should be chosen. Your written response will have significant weighting in the judging process, so think carefully about why you should be chosen.