We appreciate that the photography industry is difficult to break into and there are a lucky few who can count themselves as professional full-time photographers. This scholarship is very much about the mentorship, and the judging panel will be selecting the person who they feel will most benefit from the learning opportunity. For the purposes of this opportunity, we would consider you to be a professional photographer if you derive more than 25% of your income from photographic activities of any kind. If you are a finalist, you will be asked to outline your experience to date, and it will be the judging panel who decides who is most suitable based on their previous experience, photographic essay and written component. So, whilst we are not stipulating exactly what does and does not constitute a professional, please think about the spirit of the mentorship program and whether you think you would make the most ideal candidate.
Do you derive more than 25% of your income from photography? If so, you would be considered a professional and would be ineligible. If you are still learning the craft of photography and the majority of your income is not derived from photographic activities then you are eligible to apply.
English does not have to be your first language, but you do need to have conversational English for this scholarship. In order for you to get the most of the mentorship you will need to be able to understand and converse with your mentor Richard on the trip.
You do need a current passport with at least eight months left before expiry. We'll assist the winner in acquiring a visa and reimburse all associated costs, however the applicant must be eligible to obtain a visa for Myanmar.
Camera equipment does not matter at all! Submit what you think works best as it's all about the image! Have a look at the winning photographs of our previous photography scholarships and see how your photos compare.
The images do not need to be sequential from an event, and yes they can be a combined over a period of time. However, please remember every image must tell a story and THEN the images must work TOGETHER to tell a story about a PLACE you have visited. Five great stand-alone images will not win the Scholarship (especially if they are all from different places!). They must represent one place you have visited.
You do not need to write an entire story, just give the photos context and a bit of background. 1-2 sentences for each caption should suffice. You MUST include a caption for each image (see the Judging Criteria below). DO NOT use the essay to tell us about your images! Images that do not have a caption will receive a score of zero for this component.
The essay is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, it's the easiest part of the competition! Tell us about YOU, what you hope to gain from the experience and what you hope to contribute back to the greater community through your photography. If you like even tell us why you think you should win but really this is about us learning about you and your photography. DO NOT use the essay to tell us about the images in your application, that is what the Captions are for. If you use the essay to tell us about your entry you will be penalized!
Yes it is acceptable to convert a color digital file to black and white but process the image carefully as over-treated black and white is as unacceptable to us as over-treated color. It will not negatively affect the chances of an image winning.
No, we do not accept images created using HDR techniques. In addition, compositing and multiple exposures are not allowed. Sandwich shots, double exposures, photographs which consist in any way of more than one separate image and images that have been digitally manipulated are not eligible.
For the shortlisted entries, we will be asking for your RAW files to compare with your submitted files. If you did not originally save your images as RAW files, or no longer have them, an untouched JPEG file would suffice - but only if it was not processed.
No, by applying for this scholarship you allow World Nomads to showcase your photo essay on the World Nomads website and use the photos to promote the World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship. More details can be found the in the Program Terms & Conditions.
Yes, your photo essay will be publicly displayed on our website. If you would like your photographs removed from the World Nomads website please email [email protected] with the title of your entry. Please note, your personal essay and contact details will not be made public.
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 submit this, plus pictures you've taken, to World Nomads to be used in your 'On assignment' scholarship page.
Everyday you will work alongside Richard I'Anson to 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 a travel photographer and Canon Master.
Yes, you will need to bring your own gear. DSLRs are preferable, point-and-shoot cameras and iPhones are less preferable - simply because you are limited in what you can do with them. However, if you are able to demonstrate you have an excellent eye for a story and an excellent grasp of visual language, we will look past gear limitations.
No, you cannot email your photo essay to us. All applicants need to fill out the application page and submit their applications via our website. If you have encountered any specific issues please contact us at [email protected]
Successful applications will be visible within this section. If you cannot see your application here, it is likely we have not received your submission (even if you've received a confirmation email). Please try to apply again.
Make sure that your essay is within the 1500 character limit (which includes spaces) as per our form's counter. Keep in mind that this is characters and not words and that we can't guarantee an external count will exactly match our form's.
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