Closed: Win a travel photography trip to Mongolia!

This opportunity is now closed and we have announced the winner.

Ready to take your photography to the next level?

We're looking for an aspiring, passionate photographer to send on a trip to Mongolia to be mentored by Canon Master Richard I'Anson. During this 10-day scholarship opportunity, you'll capture the unique celebration of nomadic culture at the Naadam Festival.

To win, all you need to do is apply with your best 5 images that tell a story from a place you've visited.

Find out more and check out all the prizes below.

What you could win

Free flights

Receive round-trip airfare from your closest international airport to Mongolia.

10-day trip

Journey through Mongolia on a custom tour designed by Discover Mongolia.

Professional mentorship

Receive a one-on-one mentorship with Canon Master Richard I’Anson.

Camera bag and accessories

Carry your camera in functional style thanks to Wandrd.

Purifier bottle

Stay hydrated with the world's fastest portable water purifier from Grayl.

Travel insurance

As always, travel insurance for the trip provided by World Nomads.

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How to apply

1. Capture a 5-image photo story

Your brief is to tell a story from a place that you have visited through images.

2. Upload your images and caption them

Use your captions to help contextualize each shot.

3. Complete the application form

Fill in your personal details so we know how to contact you should you make the shortlist.

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What the judges are looking for

This is your opportunity to showcase your photography skills and individual perspective on the world. Our goal is to give the winner of this scholarship a foot in the door of the travel photography industry, so your application should demonstrate your talent and desire to turn your passion into a profession. Your photo story should:

  • Feature an original subject and your original perspective
  • Convey a compelling and cohesive story
  • Showcase your excellent technique and creative composition
  • Be supported by complementary, thoughtful captions

The scholarship recipient, along with the shortlist of the best photo stories, will be published on the results page on 22 January 2020.

NOTE: Should your application reach the final round of judging you will be asked to supply the RAW file of each photo for comparison with your submission.

Important dates

27 November 2019 Applications close
22 January 2020 Winners announced
3 July 2020 Trip begins


Need more information? Here are our top three most frequently asked questions. For the full list of frequently asked questions, visit the FAQ page.
  • Do I need a current passport? What about visa requirements?
    Unless you are a Mongolian citizen, you will need a current passport with at least six months left before expiry. We'll assist the winner where we can in acquiring a visa and reimburse all associated visa costs. However, the applicant must be eligible to obtain a Mongolian tourist visa.
  • Can professional photographers apply? Am I considered a professional photographer?

    The scholarship is not open to professional photographers of any kind.

    This is a learning opportunity for someone who is looking for an introduction into the travel photography industry and, more importantly, is keen to be mentored.

    For the purposes of this opportunity, we would consider you to be professional photographer if you have been published regularly in commercial blogs, newspapers, magazines or journals. We would also consider you to be a professional photographer if you derive more than 25% of your income from photography of any kind. We will be asking the finalists to outline their experience in photography to date.

    Please consider the spirit of the program which is intended to help those with a burning desire to be a professional travel photographer and need some help getting started.

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