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Documentary Scholarship - the winner!

WORLDWIDE | Friday, 3 July 2009 | Views [12859] | Comments [1]

Our winner: Maranatha Hay

The judging panel for the 2009 Documentary Scholarship have weighed in their results to announce this year's winner. As you will see from the winning and shortlisted entries below, the standard was exceptional, giving the judges a very difficult task to separate a winner.

Here are the results....

The Winner....

First Place:

Maranatha Hay


Judge's comments: I was really impressed with Maranatha's film, particularly the way it balanced the personal story with the larger medical issue. It had a strong engaging narrative, an honest, direct approach and great access to the subjects which gave an insight into a world I knew nothing about. It was an incredibly emotional rollercoaster of a film that was remarkably powerful and moving for such a short piece. Maranatha's written application was also excellent. A great effort by a filmmaker with enormous potential.

Congratulations Maranatha! We look forward to seeing your documentary from Vietnam.

Runners Up...

1st Runners Up: Jon Scorer

Judge's Comments: Jon’s film was a very very close second. It was instantly engaging and gave a fascinating insight into the plight of the refugees. He got great natural moments from his subjects and I really liked the way it didn’t feel that it was pandering to audience heart strings but rather just presenting a well told story. It felt like this story would sustain a longer format – It left me wanting to see more. An excellent doco.

2nd Runners Up: Allison Otto

Judge's comments:Really enjoyed this little insight into the world of the ultra marathon runner. I like the way Allison focused on the motives and mindset of the competitors as much as the race itself. It was beautifully shot and captured the landscape and lonely journey of the runners and in a very natural, unobtrusive way. A very interesting and well told story.

The Shortlist

(in alphabetical order)

Ankit Bapna

Jan Bednaz

Matt Freeman

Natalie Garwin

Dan Hottie

Mackenzie Hunkin

Erin Johnson

Belle Keynes

Andrew Lynch

Don Meers

Andrew Oppenheminer

Morgan Paar

Kirsty Starke

The Judging Panel

This year's judging panel was made up of;

Trent O'Donnel, Film-maker

Ram Bhat, National Geographic Channel

Chris Noble, Worldnomads.com

Amanda Byrne, Worldnomads.com

Congratulations to everyone who applied. The judge's thoroughly enjoyed reviewing all the entries and were impressed by the number of issues raised through your documentaries.

One general piece of feedback from the judging panel was not to underestimate the weight of your written application. Make sure you answer the questions with consideration (and spell check your application!) When applying for an opportunity in such a competitive environment, these factors may work for or against your overall application.

What's next on the Scholarship program?

Apply now for the Travel Photography Scholarship and your opportunity to go to Antarctica with National Geographic!

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I'm glad to see the photos here and know the scholarship. Congratulation to the winner. I hope there will be a chance for me next time(year). But I'd like to ask, is a simple digital camera will do to qualify for this scholarship? or I really need to have a dslr camera to shoot? What are the minimum and maximum resolutions of each images?

Hope to have an answer from you Worldnomads.com. I will look forward. Thanks a lot.

  Ada Aug 12, 2009 1:07 PM

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