Applications for this scholarship are now closed and the winner has been announced.
From the snow-capped slopes of the Himalayas to the colorful local festivals, Nepal is a photographer’s dream destination. Despite the earthquakes that recently shook the region, the trails are still open and the people as welcoming as ever.
This is your chance to capture the beauty of this stunning country and the resilient spirit of its people. Under the mentorship of Richard I'Anson, you’ll document the stories that no one else is telling along with the community development projects that are rebuilding both local livelihoods and tourism in Nepal.
A 10-day all-expenses-paid trip to Nepal with Intrepid Travel.
Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Insight into how Nepal is being rebuilt through the Australian Himalayan Foundation.
Professional mentorship from travel photographer Richard I'Anson.
Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads.
Plus be outfitted for the assignment with gear from Kathmandu.
A FREE 45-min portfolio review from Richard I'Anson (valued at $800 AUD)
The option of a 45-min portfolio review from Richard I'Anson (special rate of $400 AUD)
On the trip you will work alongside Richard I'Anson photographing the vibrant people and breath-taking landscapes of Nepal.
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 globe-trotting as an award-winning travel photographer.
Your assignment will involve observing and assisting Richard as well as undertaking your own photographic work. This will involve long days, early mornings and late nights working!
Most of all, you'll be experiencing what it's like to be a photographer on-assignment with a one of the world’s leading travel photographers!
You will also post photos from your assignment to Instagram or Twitter on a daily basis so that we can follow your adventures.
You will work through a specific shot list of 30 photos that will be commissioned by the scholarship partners as part of your assignment.
You will keep a daily journal about your time on the trip and upload this to a World Nomads travel journal (minimum 200 words per day), including pictures you've taken.
On your return you will work with Richard I'Anson through the editorial process to shortlist your top photographs and colour balance to achieve professional looking shots.
Your images must tell a story about a place you have visited. 'Place' may be anywhere; somewhere in your own community or much further away. Each of the 5 shots must have accompanying caption text (1-2 sentences) to help contextualize the shot.
Your written essay will have significant weighting in the judging process, so think carefully about why you should be chosen.
Tell us about yourself, your passions, why you love photography, what drives you to take a better shot, where you would like to go with your photography etc. Help us form a picture in our mind of you as a person with your text.
Strictly one entry per person.
NOTE: Once you apply, you will not be able to go back and edit your application, so please make sure you are completely satisfied with your essay before you hit the submit button.
This is your chance to showcase your photography talents and unique perspective. The aim of the scholarship is the give the winner a foot in the door to the travel photography industry, so you’ll need to convince us that you are the best person to send.
Your photo essay should showcase your:
NOTE: Should your entry reach the final round of judging you will be asked to supply the RAW file of each photo for comparison with your submission (these may also be published online).
Check out some of our past winners:
View Ingofulr’s winning photo essay about the sheep herders of Iceland.
Divya’s winning photo essay takes you into the life of a refugee relief camp.
See Jake’s winning photos about South African youths living in the Gugulethu township.
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You will work through a specific shot list of 100 photos that will be commissioned by the scholarship partners as part of your assignment. On your return you will work with Richard I'Anson through the editorial process to shortlist your top photographs and color balance to achieve professional looking shots.
You will also keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this plus pictures you've taken to your World Nomads travel journal.
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