Meet the winner.


Aspiring filmmakers, this year you scoured the globe to bring to light the most inspirational stories of our fellow travelers, pilgrims and nomads. You uncovered the hardships and excitement of travel, and gave us a truthful insight into another person’s way of life.

From a traveling chaiwala to nomadic surfers and musicians, you illuminated these extraordinary people with your visual storytelling abilities.

Not only did our judges have over 53 hours of footage to review, the quality of this year’s applications truly made the task of selecting the winner a very difficult one.

As always, this is not a competition in which the best film wins, but a scholarship opportunity awarded to an aspiring filmmaker who shows the potential to use this experience as a platform to break into the travel documentary industry.

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The Winner

Congratulations to Joshua Brown (United Kingdom).

By no means the most technically or stylistically accomplished, however I was most affected by this entry. It spoke of the challenges and limits to “representation” as a documentary filmmaker/photographer traveling to places and situations that are difficult to understand. Joshua’s concise and insightful interview with photographer Tom Martin (who has covered such situations as the Rwandan genocide) resonated with me as a travel filmmaker – and posed a challenge to my way of seeing and understanding.
Brian Rapsey,
2016 Travel Film Scholarship Mentor

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The Shortlist

Congratulations to the following shortlisted applicants.