Travel Photography Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

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  • elena potito said

    My name is Elena and I'm from Italy. I'd really love to participate, since Richard l'Anson is my favourite photographer and his book ''Travel Photography'' really inspired me. What is more, my biggest dream is to become a travel photographer and participate at this photo contest would be very important to me.sadly, I'm 17 years old and my birthday is in february. I know that I need to be over 18 at the time of the application deadline, but if my parents write a permission, would it be possible to participate?

    Sorry Elena, even with your parents' consent we are unable to offer the scholarship to anyone under the age of 18. We're glad you found this opportunity and we hope to see your photographs among next year's Photography Scholarship applications. Do sign up for our Travel Photography Video Guide and keep perfecting your craft!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Amartya said

    Hi, my name is Amartya and I would really love to learn under Mr.Richard l'Anson. I have seen his works, really amazing and they have stories. I am entering this contest but I don't have a camera. I use my mobile phone to take photos and usually publish some of them on my Instagram. Is it okay to not have a camera?

    Hi Amartya. As mentioned above - camera equipment does not matter at all! Submit what you think works best - it's all about the image. If you think the images taken from your mobile phone can compete with the images we've previously shortlisted then you are welcome to apply with them. All the best!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Marcus said

    Do i have to own a semi or professional camera to participate? I do not have one yet, so i only use a good quality cell phone camera for my pictures. I also have a simple amateur digital camera.

    Hi Marcus, see my answer above. Thanks!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Seyon Jennifer said

    I am Seyon Jennifer. I am a graduate in Food Science. I love photography and so I have captured few pictures in and around my house through my mobile. I haven't travelled outside much because of my studies. I have very few pictures of travel. I would like to know if I could post any pictures that I have taken or should I post travel pictures alone. And am I eligible for this programme, since I do photgraphy with my mobile. I donot own a camera.

    Hi Seyon Jennifer, to meet the brief your images must tell a story about a place you have been, so ideally you would have traveled to get to this place. If you have not had the opportunity to travel far, you can submit images of a place close to home. More importantly, every image must tell a story and THEN the images must work TOGETHER to tell a story about this particular place.

    Regarding your question about usage of a mobile phone camera, please see my response to Amartya above. Thanks!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Mossy T. said

    I would like to know if the pictures has to be taken on the period of the competition or not?
    I was in India in December 2016 - February 2017 and would like to know if I can submit the pictures from that trip.

    Thank you in advance.

    Hello Mossy T. You can submit images taken prior to the application period. Good luck!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Rachael said

    Amazing opportunity!
    Do portraits or photos clearly identifying subjects require official permissions or release forms of any kind? I have some I would like to use but only had informal (spoken) permission given.
    Thanks so much.

    Hi Rachael. While we do not require official written release forms, it is your responsibility as the photographer to ensure that the identifiable subjects of your photographs are aware that their images are being used and have provided you with their consent.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Julia said

    Good morning
    My name is Julia and I would like to know if I can apply more than once, using different photo essays.
    Thank you

  • juan calvo said

    What do I need to pay for on this trip? How much money do I need to bring?

    Juan, this is an all-expenses-paid opportunity. Further information about what is included in the prize can be found in Section 14 of the Program Terms and Conditions:

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Brittany Johnson said

    Can you do any minor adjustments to the photos such a cropping? Does the writing portion at have to be in a certain format?

    Yes, cropping and minor color adjustments are okay. However, we want to see a true representation of the images that you captured in the field. So keep your digital adjustments to a minimum - we can and will be able to see through any unnecessary enhancements. Bear in mind that we will also ask for your original RAW files should you be chosen as a finalist, and you will be penalized for excessive changes to your original images.

    No, there is no particular format for the personal essay. Do make sure you answer the question asked and make the most of the space you have been provided to tell us about yourself.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • SHANTI said

    E preciso escrever o texto em Ingles? ou pode ser em Portugues?

    All applications must be in English.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Thais said

    Is it ok to write the captions as first-person narrative?

    Yes, that's okay. Remember you do not need to write an entire story, you just give the photos context and a bit of background.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • George Wagner said

    Like Brittany Johnson, I'd like to know how much post is acceptable. I typically, crop, adjust brightness and contrast, and/or tweak color. How much is too much?

    Hi George, these minor edits are okay. See my response to Brittany above. Remember - we're looking for a budding photographer and not a Photoshop or Lightroom expert, so as long as the edits are justifiable and the images are a faithful representation of what you saw you will not be penalized.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Mario said


    the 5 images l wish to submit were taken with a point and shoot camera and the option of RAW files was not available - does that automatically mean that they are JPEG files on the memory card? Finalists are expected to provide technical data but a point and shoot camera does not record meta data details.

    Hi Mario, you do not need to provide the image metadata with your application. You may upload JPEG images. If your photo essay is shortlisted we will require the original JPEG files to ensure your image has not been over-processed.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Faha said


    Can animal photography be used from a certain place I visited. It will be a story but not necessarily unique to the place. What I mean to ask is that should the images tell a story that could have happened in any place or should the focus of the story be to bring out the place itself through imagery.

    Thank you!

    The story does not have to be unique to a particular place, however, each photo must work together tell a story about the place you have traveled to. Animal photography can also be used.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Jeremy said


    I didn't see anywhere that talked about post-process editing and it's impact on your submission.

    I read the HDR note and was wondering if that applies to actual HDR shooting or can post process mimic that?

    I'm attempting to be light on my editing (brightness, color balance, contrast, etc) but I don't want disqualify myself if I do something wrong in preparation for submitting my application.

    Hi Jeremy, the rules on HDR submissions apply to both HDR shooting and the use of software in post-production to mimic HDR results. Light editing is acceptable, just don't go overboard.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Thiago Lopes said

    Hi! If i can create a essay with a solid concept, made in diferent countries at the same period, can i upload it setting just one of the countries?


    Hi Thiago, your images must be of one place. Photo essays with images taken in multiple countries will be disqualified.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • natalia said

    Hi, just wondering how many winners per year taken?
    Thank you!

    Only one winner is chosen each year.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Anna said

    Incredible opportunity.....

    Maybe a weird question but can I ask if the itinerary is decided and more o less where about in Myanmar?
    Or if it can be changed on request?

    Thank you.

    The itinerary will be decided with our partners at Intrepid Travel. It cannot be changed on request.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Simona said

    Hi, I was just trying to upload my photos but those that are vertical (e.g. like portraits) automatically once uploaded show up horizontally........ Is there a prerequisite for the layout? I didnt find any so hope its just a minor tech issue? I have rotated the photo as it should be my end. Thanks for the help.

    Hi Simona, there is no prerequisite for the layout. Portrait images are accepted. If you are unhappy with the layout of your submission please email us at and we will help you fix this.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Vincenzo Di Nuzzo said

    HI, I've just submitted some photos about the "beaters" procession. I this the vertical photos are over sized, they are more than 940 pixels on the longest length of the image wide . How can I submit them again? Is it possibile? or they are ok?

    thank you, regards

    Hi Vincenzo, if you are happy with the way your application is displayed, then it is fine. Our application form is unable to process overly large images, which is why we have stated the size limit.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Fio said

    I love taking pics, but I am not really knowledgeable on the technical aspects of it. For this contest I am looking into more info of old pics of mine and my camara was set to take Vivid pictures, does that disqualified those picture in particular?
    Also what do you guys recommend about vertical pictures since your specifications seem to recommend horizontal pictures.


    Hi Fio, your images will not automatically be disqualified if your camera was set to a vivid setting. You may also include vertical images in your submission.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Carole Noronha said

    Wondering if you can help me. I submitted my entry and when I had the chance to view it, one of the photos was repeated 5 times instead of a different photo each time. This isn't how my application looked before I entered it. How can I correct this? :-(
    I'm not able to get back in to view my entry anymore.

    Thanking you, Carole :-)

    Hi Carole, please check your emails, I've responded to you there. Thanks!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Chris Schuhmann said

    I am so excited about this opportunity! I've been exploring all my old photos looking for the best possible story. I guess my question is, I didn't even know what a RAW file was till very recently. Some of my favorite images were shot with a simple point and shoot before I realized what a passion and gift I had for photography. Will a lesser quality image with a lesser quality camera count against me in the process? Some of my favorite images are clearly shot with a lesser quality camera, and I was a very inexperienced pup at the time. But that means the subject matter came from a very untrained eye! Imagine if I get more training!!
    Thank you

    Hi Chris, you will be judged on your images and not the type of camera you have used. All the best!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Brunna said

    I`m from Brazil and I`d like to know if the essay abouy myself has to be in english... Because I`m not a fluent and It would be easier for me to write it in portuguese.

  • Dayana said

    Hola!! estoy muy encantada con esta oportunidad, pero tengo nervios no soy tan buena en inglés, entiendo poco... ¿Eso sería una gran dificultad?

  • Mahesh Shanker said

    I had entered several images in the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of The Year. None of my photos won and I did not place as a finalist. I checked with the contest helpdesk and they said I retain the rights but as per the rules of that contest in the link below, an entrant will extend a non-exclusive worldwide license for all images submitted to the contest to the contest sponsor to use the images in any manner it deems fit. The section 'License' in the rules provided in the link below explains the full scope of this license:

    Hope this is okay and the images can be entered into this contest. Thank you very much.

    Hi Mahesh. From what you've written above it seems you still own the rights to the image and have provided National Geographic a "non-exclusive" license. If that's the case, there should be no issue in submitting the same images for our scholarship. All the best!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Prasanth Mamakar said

    Hi, this is Prasanth. I have a small doubt that is, suppose I wrote my own story and shoot a series of photos with the help of my friends. Will that be acceptable? As it was mentioned that the photograph must be of the orignal subject I am not sure whether my Idea of shooting is valuable.

    Hi Prasanth, every photo submitted must be taken by the applicant themselves. You cannot submit photos taken by anyone else, even if the idea of the photo story is your own. Your friends can be subjects in the photo but they cannot take the photos for you. All the best!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Gustavo Moura said


    I had my application posted on Friday 12th of September. Everything was fine, my application was there.

    Surprisingly, today I went to the website to see it and I did not find it in the posts and when I checked the link, I found my texts and words with other photos!! I would like to know what happened and how can I have my application back to normal again.

    Thank you,


  • Gustavo Moura said

    This is the link to the application I wrote about on the last comment:

    How strange Gustavo! I've sent you an email so that we can fix this up. Please check your inbox. Thanks!

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Kate said

    As I narrow down my images, I'm wondering if this follows photo journalism type rules re: limited to no "content" editing, or if we are allowed to submit images where minor edits have been made to remove a distracting element from them. (ie using "spot removal" in Lightroom) Apologies if a duplicate question. Thank you!

    Hi Kate, yes minor edits such as spot removal are allowed.

    - Pari, World Nomads

  • Genevieve said

    Hi, thank you for posting this incredible opportunity and I am excited to apply as I aspire to be a travel photographer!

    I shoot on both film and using a DSLR,but is it okay for me to submit 35mm print scans for the competition entry? Thus I can not provide RAW images for these, just the original scans.

    Thank you


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