World Nomads Announces New Travel Photo and Film Scholarship

Three US$15k prizes to be won. Winners will travel on assignment to chase the Northern Lights on a Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express voyage in October.


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  • Prize includes economy class flights to Norway, a Hurtigruten voyage, professional camera gear, 1:1 mentoring, $150 toward travel insurance, $500 spending money and a carbon removal package
  • Entrants need to share a 30-second travel video or up to five photos for a chance to win
  • Contest runs from 13 July to 20 August; assignment starts 19 October in Bergen, Norway

Media Release: Sydney – World Nomads, a fast-growing, global travel insurance provider, is excited to unveil their latest travel scholarship. This extraordinary opportunity invites aspiring photographers and filmmakers to travel on assignment on a 9-day trip, starting 19 October in Bergen, Norway.

The three winners will travel to join Hurtigruten’s 9-day North Cape Express – Half Voyage from Bergen to Tromsø. In their quest to view the spectacular Northern Lights, winners will have plenty of opportunity to capture stunning photographs and videos that align with real briefs provided by World Nomads and campaign partners.

"We believe in the power of visual storytelling to inspire and ignite a sense of wanderlust within us all,” said Christina Tunnah, General Manager of Marketing and Brands, World Nomads.

Throughout the trip, participants will receive personalized 1:1 mentoring from award-winning travel creatives, Dan and Zora Avila of The Travel Shooters who will share their industry insights and help the scholarship recipients develop new skills.

“Through photography and filmmaking, we have travelled globally and have completed incredible projects on every continent,” said The Travel Shooters Dan Avila.

Zora Avila said: “There’s never a dull moment. Every day is a new challenge, opportunity and adventure. We’ve learned so much over the years and can’t wait to share our skills, experience and lessons gained as travel shooters on this extraordinary journey into the Norwegian Arctic.”

The three scholarship winners will each receive prizes valued at more than US$15,000. The prize package includes round-trip economy airfare from the winner's nearest international airport to Norway and $150 toward travel insurance, courtesy of World Nomads. Winners will also receive a state-of-the-art Fujifilm XT-5 Camera with a FUJINON XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS lens, Think Tank camera bags, 500kg Carbon Removal Package ($500 value) to offset travel emissions from Tomorrow’s Air, and $500 USD spending money thanks to Adventure.Travel.

For a chance to win, aspiring visual storytellers will need to create a 30-second video or submit up to five of their best photos that tell a story about a place they have visited. They’ll need to provide a link to their publicly accessible entry and share the story and process behind the submission in 150 words or less. Judges will meet a shortlist of winners over Zoom and then award the three scholarship winners.  

The competition runs from 13 July to 20 August and promises to be a transformative experience for aspiring visual storytellers, providing them with the opportunity to hone their skills, explore the breathtaking landscapes of Norway, and create content that inspires wanderlust in others.

“This scholarship is our way of nurturing the next generation of talented photographers and filmmakers, providing them with a platform to showcase their creativity and share their unique travel experiences with the world,” Ms Tunnah said. “We can't wait to see the captivating stories that will unfold through the lens of our scholarship winners."

To learn more about the scholarship, including the entry link, visit

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About World Nomads

World Nomads is a fast-growing, global travel insurance company. We provide inspirational stories, safety tips and specialized travel insurance for adventurous and independent travelers. Our online travel insurance offers cover to travelers from more than 100 countries and allows you to buy and claim online, 24/7, even while already traveling.

Our travel insurance focuses on what we believe is important to travelers: emergency medical and evacuation costs, baggage, trip cancellation, trip delay and trip interruption costs. We also offer cover for more than 150 adventure sports and activities, plus tech and gear. Our policies are underwritten by a suite of specialist travel insurers that provide 24/7 emergency assistance, customer service and claims support, making us a top choice for many of the world's leading adventure, independent and youth travel brands.

World Nomads is a part of the nib Group which provides health and medical insurance to more than 1.5 million Australian and New Zealand residents. We also provide health insurance to more than 170,000 international students and workers in Australia and are Australia’s third-largest travel insurer and global distributor of travel insurance through our business nib Travel.