WIN a 10-day photography assignment to Japan!

Applications for this scholarship are now closed and the winner has been announced.


Ever wondered what it would be like on assignment as a travel photographer?

This is your chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan and be mentored by professional travel photographer, Richard I'Anson.

From the neon lights of Tokyo to the traditions and temples of Kyoto, Japan is the perfect place for photography enthusiasts.

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All these prizes could be yours:

  • Free flights

    Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Tokyo, Japan.

  • Adventure gear

    Travel in comfort and style with awesome outdoor adventure gear from our friends at Kathmandu.

  • 10-day all-expenses-paid trip

    Go on a bespoke trip through ancient and modern Japan with a tour from World Expeditions and TourRadar.

  • Travel insurance

    As always, we've got your back. You'll receive travel insurance for the duration of your trip from World Nomads.

  • Learn from a pro

    Receive hands-on experience in everything from shot set up to technique, composition and visual storytelling under the mentorship of travel photographer and Canon Master, Richard I'Anson.

  • Photography tips guidebook

    Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Photography Tips written by mentor Richard I'Anson, will sharpen your skills and your pictures.

    PLUS - Our lucky shortlisted applications will receive a copy too!

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How to apply

  • 1.

    Shoot your photo story (maximum of 5 images)

    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 contextualise the shot.

  • 2.

    Craft a 1500-character essay telling us what winning this scholarship would mean to you

    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.

  • 3.

    Complete the application form including your personal details along with uploading your photos.

    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. Each image must be 1MB or under in size. If you're image is a larger size, you will need to reduce the image size before you commence your application.

    Strictly one application per person.

Applications close in...

Applications closed December 14, 2016 at 11PM (EST)

Important dates


Applications close


Winner announced


Trip to Japan

What the judges are looking for

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:

  • Original subject and unique perspective

  • Ability to convey a compelling story

  • Excellent technique and creative composition

  • Understanding of the subject through your captions

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).

Top 3 FAQ

  • Q: Am I considered a professional photographer?

    A: Essentially this is a 'learning opportunity' for someone who is looking for an introduction into the travel photography industry...

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  • Q: What are the judges looking for in a winning application?

    A: For your best chance of success, ensure your images are...

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  • Q: What will I have to produce on my trip?

    A: You will work through a specific shot list of 30 photos that will be commissioned by the scholarship partners as part of your assignment...

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Do you still have questions or are you ready to apply?

Looking for a little inspiration?

Check out some of our past winners and meet your mentor:

Brick Communities

by Mahadev Rojas Torres

See the 2015 winner

Herding Sheep

by Ingolfur Bjargmundsson

See the winning photos

Dotma: In a house I can live

by Divya Agrawal

See the winning photos

Richard I'Anson

Meet the man behind the camera.

Meet your mentor