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2008 Travel Documentary Scholarship - CLOSED

INDIA | Saturday, 12 July 2008 | Views [67153] | Comments [31]

Go on assignment to India and have your video documentary broadcast on Nat Geo Adventure!



India , Rajasthan Jambha village primary school project

Applications close: August 31, 2008

Kick start your documentary career by going on assignment to India with documentary producer Trent O'Donnell, (who filmed the Positive Footprints series to be screened later this year on Nat Geo Adventure channel), and create your own short video documentary about a World Expeditions community project trek.

The lucky scholarship recipient will have their video documentary considered for broadcast on Nat Geo Adventure! That's right - the holy grail that documentary makers work their whole lives to achieve, could be yours now!

You'll also receive a Lenovo Ideapad Y-510 laptop to help document your adventure and an Osprey backpack plus a men's or women's Canyon Shirt from Paddy Pallin to keep you cool in the desert.

Your assignment brief

* We'll fly you to India from your country of residence. You need to be available between October 11th and October 25th 2008 to participate in the Community Project Trip to Rajasthan.

* Under the mentorship of documentary film-maker Trent O'Donnell you will shoot a video documentary on the theme of community project travel and the impact it has on both the local community as well as the travellers that participate.

* You will keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this plus pictures you've taken to your World Nomads travel journal.

* You will edit together your 7-10 minute documentary and submit it to Nat Geo Adventure and World Nomads within 2 months of your return.

Assignment location

The vast Thar Desert in India's north west is home to the colourful Rajasthani people. Communities in this area are steeped in cultural traditions that date back thousands of years. Local camel guides will escort you to the project- to upgrade their Rajikya Adrash Prathmik Vidyalaya School which supports 175 students from the outlying desert areas, providing an inspiring immersion into the life of these hardy people. Then take a fascinating three day camel crossing of the Thar Desert followed by a visit to the city of Agra to view the unforgettable sight of the Taj Mahal, then to the magnificent pink city of Jaipur and the UNESCO listed town of Jaisalmer. For more info check out World Expeditions

Who can apply

* Anyone can apply - this is open to film students, lovers of film or anyone who's trying to build a career in documentary making!(why we'e opened it up to everyone)

* Minimum age 18 with a current passport.

* You should be a mad-keen auteur with a lust for adventure and a desire to enhance your documentary filmmaking skills.

Apply now

If you want it, you've got to show it. To apply you need to:

1. Compile a 3 minute (or less) video documentary in English based around the theme; 'A Journey that Changed Me'. 'Journey' is open to interpretation and may involve somewhere you have travelled or a journey of a more personal nature. The documentary may be compiled from previous travel video you've shot.

It's up to you to convince our judging panel through your video that you have the spirit for adventure and passion for filmmaking to be chosen for this scholarship. Our judging panel will be looking for;

* The ability to convey a strong narrative within a short time-frame
* Originality
* A visually engaging story
* A candidate whose passion for documentary filmmaking makes them an obvious choice to benefit from this professional mentorship opportunity.

2. Upload your video : Go to Natgeoadventuretv.com.au, click on Blog Notes, sign up and follow the simple instructions to submit your video online. Don't forget to tag your video with 'World Nomads' when you upload it. You can only submit your entry in one of the following formats: MOV, AVI, WMV, MPG, FLV, with a maximum size of max 15 MB.

3. Complete an application form : Copy & paste the URL of your uploaded video into the online application form and complete your personal details. You will also be asked to provide 200 words or less on why you should be awarded the World Nomads 2008 Travel Documentary Scholarship, and what this opportunity means to you?. Your answer will provide considerable weight in the judging process.

4. One entry per person.

Watch the Documentary made by last year's winner - Cesar Salmeron

Applications close Sunday August 31, 2008.(AEST)











1. Information on the scholarship prize and how to enter forms part of these conditions of entry. By applying for this scholarship you agree to be bound by these conditions of entry and all decisions of the scholarship promoter (World Nomads) which are final in all matters relating to the promotion. The scholarship and these conditions of entry are void where prohibited by law. Any changes to these conditions of entry will be published on the World Nomads website at www.worldnomads.com.

2. The promoter is World Nomads Pty Limited of Level 5, 24 York St, Sydney, NSW 2000.

3. Employees of World Nomads, Nat Geo Adventure, World Expeditions, Lenovo, Paddy Pallin and their subsidiaries and affiliated companies, and members of their immediate families or households, are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

4. Entry is free. No purchase necessary. You must be older than 18 to enter and currently actively studying at a recognised tertiary educational institution. You must also have a valid passport. To enter, submit an English language short film of less than three minutes in length on the theme "A Journey that Changed Me”. You can submit your entry by doing the following:
5.Go to Natgeoadventuretv.com.au, click on Blog Notes, sign up and follow the simple instructions to submit your video online. Don't forget to tag your video with 'World Noamds' when you upload it. You can only submit your entry in one of the following formats: MOV,AVI,WMV,MPG,FLV , with the maximum size of max 15 MB.


2. Go to http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/post/19299.aspx and follow the directions to fill out the application form and tell us in English in 200 words or less why you should be chosen as the 2008 Travel Documentary Scholarship recipient.

5. The scholarship entries can be submitted from 9.00am AEST on June 12th 2008and entries close at 11.59pm AEST on 31 August 2008. Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt by World Nomads and World Nomads records are conclusive as to the time of receipt. All dates are subject to change if necessary in World Nomads discretion.

6. The Scholarship recipient will be selected by a panel of three judges including one independent judge judging the best overall entry from a review of all eligible entries. The best overall entry will best interpret both "A Journey that Changed Me" and best articulate why the author of the entry should be awarded the 2008 World Nomads Travel Documentary Scholarship. The selection will be conducted at World Nomads Pty Limited of Level 5, 24 York St, Sydney, NSW 2000 over the week commencing Monday 1st September 2008. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into, including in the event of a dispute. Chance plays no part in determining the successful scholarship recipient. The successful applicant will receive the following;

- 15 day community project travel trip to India with World Expeditions and mentorship from World Nomads documentary filmmaker, Trent O’Donnell.
- Trip includes
14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners, airport transfers on day 1 and day 15,internal transporation by private vehicle and train, expert bilingual guide, group medical kit, good quality accommodation in Delhi/Agra/Jaipur/Jodphur/Jaisalmer, gear package including kit bag, sleeping bag, liner and insulated sleeping mat during community project and camel ride, all group camping equipment, all equipment and materials for the community project, sightseeing as per itinerary, site entry fee,support staff in Rajasthan
- Return Economy airfares from nearest major international airport to project destination organised by World Expeditions.
- Lenovo Y510 Ideapad and Osprey daypack.

The first runners up will also receive a Flip Ultra Camera.

7. The scholarship recipient must produce / edit a video documentary on their own equiment of no less than 7 minutes, and no longer than 10 minutes in duration post participating in the World Expeditions Community Project Trip. This documentary must focus on “community project travel and the impact it has only both the local community as well as the travellers that participate”. The recipient must then submit this documentary to World Nomads no later than 2 months after returning from the World Expeditions Community Project trip. The scholarship recipient must also keep a daily travel diary and upload diary entries ( no less than 200 words per daily entry) to the World Nomads website, via an online travel journal, no later than 2 weeks after returning from the World Expeditions Community Project trip.

8. The Scholarship recipient will be notified by email and the recipient's name will be published on the World Nomads and Natgeoadventuretv websites within 14 days after selection.

9. If the Scholarship recipient is not immediately identifiable or contactable World Nomads will make reasonable efforts to identify and/or contact the Scholarship recipient. If the Scholarship recipient has not accepted the prize by 7 September 2008, the next best entry will be selected as scholarship recipient.

10. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected mail or any errors or failures in internet or other communications. World Nomads reserves the right to cancel or modify the scholarship promotion if, in its sole discretion, the administration of the scholarship promotion is impaired for technical or other reasons beyond its reasonable control and, in such an event, may select the Scholarship recipient from all valid entries received prior to the impairment.

11. Scholarship prize consists of:

- One return economy flight, to trip destination, Rajasthan, India departing from the nearest international airport to the scholarship recipient's home (approximate value AU$3000). The carrier's normal terms and conditions of travel will apply;
- A World Expeditions Community Project Trip to India(approximate value AU$2790);
- 1 x Lenovo Ideapad Y-510 laptop computer (AUD $1499);

- 1 x Osprey daypack (AUD$99);
- Travel Insurance provided by World Nomads(approximate retail value AU$300).

Total prize value of scholarship is approximately AUD$7688

The first runners up prize consists of;

- 1 x Flip Ultra camera (AU$150)

12. The value of the prize is accurate at the date of commencement of the scholarship promotion. World Nomads accepts no responsibility for any variation in the value of the prize after that date. The prize cannot be refunded, transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash. World Nomads reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute the prize with cash or a prize of comparable value if the prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason.

13. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for all personal expenses and any other expenses, fees and costs connected with the prize that are not included in the prize description. The scholarship recipients are also responsible for all transportation to the point of departure, including accommodation costs prior to and following the travel dates in order to meet flight connections.

14. The scholarship recipient must hold valid passports. Entry visas will be organised 14 days in advance of departure through World Expeditions.

15. The scholarship recipient agrees that acceptance of the prize by the scholarship recipient is conditional upon compliance with all relevant laws, rules and regulations and upon the scholarship recipient releasing World Nomads, Nat Geo Adventure, World Expeditions, Lenovo, Paddy Pallin and their affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees and agents, from any and all liability, claims, demands and causes of action for any personal injury or other loss or damage (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) suffered in connection with the acceptance or use of the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. World Nomads reserves the right to disqualify the scholarship recipient at its absolute discretion in the event of non-compliance or the failure to provide such releases.

16. As the author of your entry, you warrant that your entry is original and your own work.

17. It will be a condition of entry that both scholarship applicants and the scholarship recipient will grant a non exclusive copyright license to World Nomads, Nat Geo Adventure, World Expeditions and Lenovo to reproduce the work for subsequent promotion of the World Nomads Travel Scholarships.

You can view World Nomads' privacy policy at http://www.worldnomads.com/privacy.aspx.




Absolutely wonderful!

Thank you for providing opportunities for today's young adults to truly expand their awareness of other societies and cultures! It is experiences such as these that are absolutely invaluable for becoming global citizens and making positive change!

together we can come together and truly make the world a better place for our current global society, and society for the children of tomorrow!

with infinite Love and Gratitude

  Shane Ernest Jun 12, 2008 11:00 PM


Excellent opportunity! This is very exciting.

Quick question: my partner and I tend to work jointly on our travel movies--we think our combined strengths make better films. Is there a way for two people to apply together? Or must the applicant be a single person?

Many thanks!

  Jenny Williams Jun 14, 2008 3:52 AM


I am film student from Africa and im lookin foward to this unique experience

  Carl Romeo Dogbey Jun 14, 2008 4:31 AM


Thanks for your supportive comments!

Yes, this opportunity is for an individual as opposed to a group/partnership.

  scholarships Jun 16, 2008 7:44 AM


It's really good.

  Kazi Shahin Jun 20, 2008 10:12 PM


Could I do it in portuguese, and use legends in english?

  Fabíola Corrêa Jul 1, 2008 10:58 AM


Yes a foreign language video with legends is acceptable, but you do need to be able to speak and write English fluently as the mentor is English speaking.

  scholarships Jul 1, 2008 11:53 AM


This is Awesome ... exactly what i am looking for .. A mentor, on the job learning experience and travelling.. But i am from India .. can i apply for this scholarship ??

thanks for this brilliant opportunity ...

smiles :)

  Sachi Maniar Jul 6, 2008 4:46 PM


Yes this opportunity is open to people from any country.

  scholarships Jul 7, 2008 11:31 AM


this is a great opportunity to cover and document an authentic situation in video/film...

I myself is really interested to be a part of this event...

how can i avail the screening, if there is any...



  mike Jul 14, 2008 8:43 AM


Under T&C's ...

17. It will be a condition of entry that both scholarship applicants and the scholarship recipient will grant a non exclusive copyright license to World Nomads, Nat Geo Adventure, World Expeditions and Lenovo to reproduce the work for subsequent promotion of the World Nomads Travel Scholarships.

So you are basically saying whoever send in their work, the image/footage will be used FREE OF CHARGE by all the organisations mentioned above in any purpose (mostly commercial, I guess), with only ONE person gets selected as winner.

I think we know who the real winner is! What a great way to get your hands on other people's work without even trying and at virtually zero cost! This is no difference from the competition World Nomad trying to promote on FLICKR, by grabbing other people's hard work for free.

Just be careful with the small prints if I were you.

  Sound Rights Management Jul 24, 2008 1:52 AM


I would like to clarify the above post, as what you say is not correct.

The clause does indeed state;

17. It will be a condition of entry that both scholarship applicants and the scholarship recipient will grant a non exclusive copyright license to World Nomads, Nat Geo Adventure, World Expeditions and Lenovo to reproduce the work for subsequent promotion of the World Nomads Travel Scholarships.

The important part of this clause is actually - "for subsequent promotion of the World Nomads Travel Scholarships" - meaning World Nomads and our program partners may use the content to promote the Scholarship Program ONLY - but no other commercial purpose.

You may see for example on our Scholarships page we have used images from our 2007 Travel photography Scholarship winner - Cameron Herweyenen to promote the Scholarship Program. If however, we (or any program partner) wished to use one of these images on a billboard to sell travel insurance - this is not included in the Scholarship agreement and would be on normal commercial terms in negotiation with Cameron.

All rights remain with the Scholarship recipient and they are free to publish or sell their work without any conditions from World Nomads or our program partners.

It is an incorrect interpretation of this clause that the content may be used for "any purpose".

Apologies if this did not read clearly and please let us know if there is still any confusion about this clause.

We are absolutely committed to making these Scholarships and mentorship opportunities a stepping stone for talented individuals starting out in their career and warmly welcome any feedback on how we can improve these opportunities.

  scholarships Jul 24, 2008 9:12 AM


hello, i'd like to know if a group of people is allowed to apply to this scolarship. thanx, good night.

  Alexandra Silva Jul 26, 2008 10:38 AM


Hi - do you require music and images used to have copyright clearances and/or be copyright free?
Many thanks for providing such a wonderful opportunity.

  jay martin Jul 26, 2008 5:49 PM


When applying for the scholarship and uploading you will need to abide by the terms of use for Nat Geo Adventure - they are listed on their website as follows;

5 Golden Rules for Creating a Blog
(common, if you can endure taking the longest route to Helsinki flying Aeroflot, you can cope with a few basic blog rules!)

1. FOOTAGE + PHOTOS. Must all belong to you you you!
2. TIME. Your vid should be 3 mins or under. Anything longer is boring.
3. MUSIC. No, you can’t use commercial tracks. People sue your arse! Tracks must be copyright free and we can help. Music for your vids will be available to download from Blognotes shortly.
4. KEEP all original footage. If we love you and your work, it might get a run on the Nat Geo Adventure tv channel. This means we’ll need the original source material.

Also the Scholarship is an opportunity for an individual rather than a group.

  scholarships Jul 29, 2008 12:16 PM


Even though I am of Lithuanian origin for some reason I get along with the Indians like they were my family. This opportunity would be ACE.

  Algis Kemezys Aug 4, 2008 11:41 AM


I was planning on submitting a piece that I made for my Documentary class, in which I used some music that does not belong to me. Because it was for school and I am not using it for profit it falls under "fair use" would that be considered unacceptable here?

Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic opportunity! Win or lose it is an amazing feeling just being given the chance to dream big!

  Laura Aug 5, 2008 4:39 AM


Hi laura,

It depends on the copyright - when you say it doesn't belong to you - is it a commercial track or was it composed by someone you know? If its commercial you shouldn't use it as you are leaving yourself open to be sued! If this is the case - can you just change the music to something free from copyright?

  scholarships Aug 5, 2008 11:48 AM


i am glad to be at ur service
good luck

  siyavash hazrati Aug 13, 2008 6:31 AM


Hey There,
Im having a lot of trouble uploading to their site. I have tried $ different computers both Mac and pc. I have tried explorer, safari, flock and Mozilla but keep getting messages there are problems with the NG site.
any suggestions?

  dvm71 Aug 21, 2008 4:31 PM


Hi - is it a file size issue? Nat Geo are looking at increasing this to 20mb very shortly - or can you tell m a bit more about precisely what problem you are experiencing so I can try and sort this out for you?

  scholarships Aug 21, 2008 5:03 PM


Hey thanks for getting back to me so quick.
The file is 14.7 meg flv file. so it should be ok. After logging in and choosing file/filling out info/ticking legal box etc I press send and nothing really happens. The curser has an hourglass or timer depending on browser and then times out with messages-
"The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy" etc
I should add that I can access all the rest of their site. It just goes wrong when trying to upload files.
Im just wondering if they are having problems with their server or maybe I should try an off peak time or another connection.
Again thanks for your help.

  dvm71 Aug 21, 2008 6:46 PM


Hi everyone.
If your experiencing problems with the your uploads send an email to [email protected]

The video upload feature has been tested several times, and is working in order.

  Nat Geo Channel Aug 22, 2008 11:13 AM


I had trouble uploading using Safari; it would upload about 20% then would abort. After 6 attempts I used Firefox and it uploaded successfully on the first attempt.

  Spirit of 76 Aug 24, 2008 9:45 AM


I'm so glad I found others are having this problem - I have tried uploading maybe 15 times from 2 different computers - file size is only 10 meg, so I don't know what the problem is. I get to about 10% and then it says 'error - thread aborted'. I will try sending an e-mail. I see I am not the only one having trouble.
Kind regards.

  jay martin Aug 26, 2008 1:00 AM


Hi all - make sure you email Nat Geo directly if you are having technical problems - they can help you, and if you still have problems, they will upload the video for you;
[email protected]

  scholarships Aug 26, 2008 11:21 AM


The technical problems I was having are now resolved and I uploaded this morning with no problem. Thanks for the support.

  jay martin Aug 26, 2008 5:19 PM



I just uploaded my film, but when i play it on the Neo Geo blog post its choppy. I don't know if its because of my internet connection. But i hope World Nomads is able to see it normally... :/

  Keiko Aug 29, 2008 1:33 PM



Should i see a confirmation page or receive an email after submitting the application? After clicking done it just returned me to the homepage.

  Cal Aug 30, 2008 1:54 AM


Thanks! I know I am late to apply for scholarship now.
Actually I am an Indian doctor, crazy for travelling and learning new things. I have travelled up to kanyakumari (southern end of India) on bicycle before 10 years and did Manali-Leh-Shrinagar route on motorcycle last year. I made a Travel documentary on this tour. I have written many travel stories in lacal Newspapers. I have my medical practise in Rural Maharashtra and I am also involved in rural development programme. I dont want scholarship but kindly absorb me as a team member of Rajastan programme. I will travel at my own costs. I promise to make the best use of this opportunity.
Dr. ramesh

   Dr. Ramesh khade Aug 31, 2008 3:37 AM



I don't know if i understood the terms and condition properly, regarding the flight. will the scholarship program covers the airfare from the recipient's point of origin up to the site's destination? Or do we shoulder our own airfare going to the connecting airport for to India. e.g. Manila to Bangkok then Bangkok to India... Please enlighten me. Thanks

  ayacute Sep 8, 2008 11:28 PM

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