Congratulations Mahadev Rojas Torres, the winner of our Nepal Travel Photography Scholarship!

Mahadev will be joining Canon Master and professional travel photographer Richard I’Anson on a 10-day assignment to Nepal. On his Intrepid Travel trip, he will be mentored by Richard while documenting Nepal's stunning landscapes and the resilient spirit of the Nepalese. He will also be outfitted for the trip thanks to Kathmandu.

Our challenge each year is to find an aspiring photographer that demonstrates a rare combination of photography skill, storytelling ability and raw potential. This after all is not a photography competition in which we choose the best photos, but a scholarship opportunity that awards a budding talent with a trip to learn one-on-one from a professional travel photographer in the field. With so many incredible entries, we looked closely at an expressed desire to follow the path of travel photography and who we thought would most benefit and grow from the a mentorship experience.

Please feel free to leave your congratulations to the winner and the shortlisted entries below. However, if you have any other comments, concerns, program feedback or trollish rants, please email us at

Now, without further delay, we give you the winning photos...

The Winner

Mahadev Rojas Torres (Venezuela) - Brick Communities

Mahadev Rojas Torres - Brick Communities

Judge's Comments

"Congratulations to our winner, Mahadev Rojas Torres, for producing a series of images that not only provides a window into the lives of the women and children working in a brick factory, but poses an interesting challenge for the viewer to look beyond the attractive imagery. The soft, warm light and classic colours of India, manifest in the women’s saris and earthy tones of the environment, belie the reality of the situation being captured, where the work is undoubtedly hard and conditions harsh. Mahadev has managed to do this by stepping off the beaten track and producing five quite different images within a very confined area, of a subject that is often seen by travellers in rural India but rarely explored.

I’m looking forward to sharing my first trip as the World Nomad’s Photography Scholarship mentor with Mahadev and working with him to take his photography to the next level, in one of my favourite countries. It will be my first visit back to Nepal since last year’s earthquakes which will provide an element of the unknown to a country I’ve visited over 20 times. We’ll be working hard to produce a series of images that do the World Nomad’s Scholarship proud. We’ll be aiming to show people that it’s ok to travel to Nepal and in fact now is a great time to go, and to shine a light on the vital work being done by the Australian Himalayan Foundation in communities badly affected by the earthquakes." - Richard I'Anson

The Runner's Up

Our 4 runners' up will each receive a free 45-min portfolio review with Richard I’Anson (valued at $800 AUD)

Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar) - Vanishing Tattoo-faced Culture and Daily Life of Chin Tribes

Zay Yar Lin - Chin Tribes

Judge's Comments

"An interesting subject, strong compositions, vibrant colours and great use of natural light have been beautifully crafted to produce this eye catching series by Zay Yar Lin. The positive rapport he has with his subjects is obvious and has played an important role in achieving this endearing set of intimate portraits" - Richard I'Anson

Willy Posadas (Guatemala) - Day of the Dead, Giant Kite Festival

Willy Posadas - Giant Kite Festival

Judge's Comments

"Willy’s series on the Giant Kite Festival reveals enough about the event to make me want to go there, always a sign of good travel photography. The cohesive image set is given a jolt by the final picture which comes as a visual surprise and could be risky but in this case works well to conclude the series in a meaningful and celebratory way." - Richard I'Anson

Dustin Silvey (Canada) - Exploratory trip down an Arctic River

Dustin Silvey - Arctic River

Judge's Comments

"Distilling a 14 day journey into just five photographs is never easy but Dustin has done a great job of doing just that. The selection of images and the individual compositions provide just the right balance of insight into the participant’s day to day activities and skills required with the landscape they are travelling in." - Richard I'Anson

Prabir Talukdar (India) - Kamrup – A home away from ‘their’ home

Prabir Talukdar - Kamrup

Judge's Comments

"With uncluttered compositions, strong points of interest and subtle black and white presentation Prabir has delivered an intimate and sensitive series of environmental portraits very much in keeping with the women of Kamrup and their situation. The decision to present the photographs in black and white has succeeded well, imbuing the series with a strong documentary feel that is nicely suited to the subject and Prabir’s way of seeing." - Richard I'Anson

The Shortlist

Our shortlisted entrants will receive the option of a 45-min paid portfolio review with Richard I'Anson (at a special rate of $400 AUD).

Congratulations to the following shortlisted applicants...

Jennifer Allison (Australia) - Lonesome Faces of the Fish Market

Paolo Cossich (Italy) - Les danses a Bali.

Nicole Di Cintio (Canada) - Chasing birds

Myles Dunphy (Australia) - Bastion of the Nomads

Jo Geary (United Kingdom) - The ‘gardians’ and white horses of the Camargue

Michael Green (Chile) - Cuba: Tomorrow’s Children

Toni Haddad (Lebanon) - Traditional Healing in Modern Times

Lizi Hamer (Singapore) - Sea Salt

Rahul Karan (India) - Kushti – Traditional Wrestling

Anna Kravtsova (Russia) - A story of social alienation. Women in India.

Jeanne Kretzschmar (France) - Last of the Kei : Life on Tanimbar evav

Veronica Lacerda (Spain) - Life off the grid

Alberto Lugli (Italy) - Glimpse of a Homeless Human

Rohollah Makouei (Iran) - New Year Dinner

Marta Malheiro (Portugal) - Silk Factory

Karin Mallory (United States) - The Evaporation of a Culture

Joydip Mitra (India) - How Green was Their Valley

Jacek Oleksinski (Sweden) - Tourism and sustainable nature

Camillo Pasquarelli (Italy) - Kashmir: The Burning Paradise

Vytautas Vaiceliunas (Germany) - Traditional Fish Salting Show

Amit Vakil (India) - Holi Festival Celebration

Jutta Wuerth (Switzerland) - The Emotional Landscape of a Balines Trance Ceremony

Richard's Feedback

With over 3,500 entries this was the biggest response to a World Nomads scholarship ever, so thank you to all of you for taking the time to enter. Consequently, the competition was fierce and unfortunately, as clichéd as it sounds, there can only be one winner. The judging process was appropriately intense in order to find the entry that not only met all the criteria, but had that little something extra to set it apart.

There were many great individual photographs among the entries but when considering the photography component of each entry the judges were looking for a series of five images that worked well together. So often there were one, two or three strong images only for the series to be let down by others that were repetitive, less relevant or too loosely connected and therefore not contributing to the telling of a compelling story.

The winner, the runners up, and those that made the shortlist, had a clearly defined story to tell that was then well executed with a visually interesting balance between compositional options such as varying viewpoints and field of view, with each image adding to our knowledge of the subject. As photographers we are privileged to be granted access to witness, record and share other people’s lives and I believe we should always show our subjects respect and produce work that upholds their dignity. Everyone on this list is to be commended for doing just that.

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Travel Photography Scholarship 2015: The Winner

Find out which travel photo essays made our shortlist and see who will be heading off on a Nepal adventure!


  • jigmet lundup said

    for the first time i have applied for such competation so i would like to know is there any mistake apart from colour,composition,and light,or even if there is problem related to any thing would love to know afterall i am a beginer please.

    Jigmat lundup ladakh

  • Rehab ABDELBAQI said

    May be I have not won in the competition, but of course I won participating the challenges. and this will be a motivation for the future.

  • Jesse Anderson said

    Congratulations to all that were chosen. Unfortunately, my heart is heavy today. It was so hard to choose the set of images based on the description of what the judges looked for. I didn't have any expectations, but as I'm sure a few thousand people did, I thought I might at least make the short list. I wonder how I can better enter this competition next time. Is there any way to get feedback on our entry?

  • Blonski Cruz said

    Congrats to the winners! Didn't make it this time but a lot of good photos in the final list. Until next time!

  • Sid Naidu said

    It was an awesome experience putting in the application for this scholarship. My first professional submission & won't be my last. Thanks for the opportunity to showcase our stories!

  • Luz Elena Welch said

    Congratulations to Mahadev Rojas. His photo-history is outstanding and inspiring. Also my congratulations for the runner ups. They did a wonderful job.

  • Yacoub said

    Congrats to the winner and everyone that has participated. We must have learnt one or two things from the selections. Good luck


    Hola... Estoy interesada en el viaje a Nepal. Me gustaría inscribirme como puedo hacer??.

    Natalia C.

  • Melissa said

    Hola Quisiera inscribirme. Gracias!

  • Daniel López León said

    Hola, quiero inscribirme, como puedo hacer para participar? Gracias!!

  • willians daboin said

    muy interesante la beca para prepararse en la fotografía profecional

  • Carlos Arias said

    Hola que tal! Me interesa mucho la beca para el viaje a Nepal.
    como podría inscribirme?

  • Carlos Arias said

    Hola que tal! Me interesa mucho la beca para el viaje a Nepal.
    como podría inscribirme?

  • MÓNICA Marfurt said

    Me gustaría participar de esa beca pata fotografiar en Nepal. Amo las montañas y más hacerles fotografías. Gracias


    Hola!, tengo muchas ganas de inscribirme, como puedo hacerlo? Gracias!

  • Jose Massabo said

    Cuando abre la inscripcion para concursar por esta beca en Nepal? en la portada figura como que esta cerrada la inscripcion... gracias


    Hola ! me interesa participar. Solicito postulación.
    Quedo a la espera de una respuesta,

    Muchisimas Gracias!


  • franklin Lares said

    Hola... espero esté todo bién...Con ganas inmensas de conocer los trámites para la postulación de la beca de fotográfia ...

    Franklin Lares

  • franklin Lares said

    Hola... espero esté todo bién...Con ganas inmensas de conocer los trámites para la postulación de la beca de fotográfia ...

    Franklin Lares

  • franklin Lares said

    Hola... espero esté todo bién...Con ganas inmensas de conocer los trámites para la postulación de la beca de fotográfia ...

    Franklin Lares

  • carlos hugo said

    me uno al interes en inscribirme para beca de fotografia.. mil gracias..

  • carlos hugo said

    me uno al interes en inscribirme para beca de fotografia.. mil gracias..

  • Diana Hermida said

    Saludos me quiero inscribir para la beca de fotografía, cómo puedo hacerlo?

  • santiagou said

    quería mandar solicitud para la beca, pero aparece "Applications for this scholarship are now closed" siendo que la fecha limite para aplicar es hasta el 25 de noviembre. alguna información que me puedan ofrecer para tener la oportunidad de aplicar.

  • Perla Muñoz said

    Me interesa participar, porque cerraron antes la inscripcion?

  • Pedro Enrique Gurrola said


    I have tried to apply for the photography scholarship in Nepal and this is closed the call when the deadline is November 25,
    Is it current or is it a mistake?
    What is the process to apply?
    The photos and the text are sent by email?
    Is the text in English or can it be in Spanish?

    Stay tuned to your comments

    He tratado de aplicar para la beca de fotografiar en Nepal y esta cerrada la convocatoria cuando la fecha limite es el 25 de Nov,
    Esta vigente o es un error?
    Cual es el proceso para aplicar?
    las fotos y el texto se mandan por correo electrónico ?
    El texto es en ingles o puede ser en español?

    Quedo atento a sus comentarios

  • Marilynn Smith said

    As a writer and visual artist I commend the winner of this contest. Amazing essay and wonderful photos. All the ones I viewed had some wonderful photos. Congrats to everyone who entered, good work! I usually avoid a lot of photography when traveling and stick with my sketches and watercolors, so these photos are truly amazing to me. Thanks much for sharing them.

  • maria said

    Hello! where can we read is essay for inspiration for this year schoolarship? thanks

    Hi Maria, the essays are only visible to the judges - they do not get displayed publicly.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Aidana said

    Hello, I have got a question about the photo essay. I'm not a professional photographer, who can take and edit some amazing photos and that is why I want to apply to the scholarship, but after seeing photo essays from last winners I am a little bit scared, bc they look very cool. So Have I got the chance to apply or it is an empty idea?

    You'll never know until you try! Submit your best and see what happens, and don't forget to sign-up for Richard's Travel Photography Tips so that you can keep improving your craft. Sign up using the blue box above.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Aishah said

    Hello! I have a few questions:
    -What is the age limit?
    -Er, how do we send these pictures and the essay? Do we use Google Docs?
    -Do the pictures need to be taken by a certain camera?

    Hi Aishah,

    Please find out more about the current scholarship opportunity here:

    All of your questions have also been answered on the FAQs page here:

    All the best!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Seetaram Raju said

    Hello Mam,

    I have submitted the entry, but didn't get any confirmation till now? How can i came to know about that?

    Thank you with regards

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