Join an on-assignment National Geographic photographer in Bhutan!
Worldnomads.com, National Geographic Channel & JoJo's Adventures Bhutan are giving one exceptional individual the chance to go on assignment with renowned wildlife photographer Jason Edwards to The Kingdom of Bhutan - land of the Thunderdragon!
This your chance to photograph the deeply spiritual and mystical Bhutan as it slowly opens up to the modern world, maintaining a strong balance with its ancient traditions. Nestled in the Himalayas, bordering India and China, 65% of Bhutan is under forest cover, making its pristine ecology home to rare and endangered flora and fauna.
To help you take the best photos, the scholarship recipient will receive AU$2000 worth of Pentax photographic equipment of your choice.
Your best photos will be published on the National Geographic Channel's website where they will be viewed by thousands of travellers worldwide, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get your foot in the door of one of the most revered exploration organisations in the world!
Highly regarded for his wildlife and remote landscape photography, Jason Edwards is represented by National Geographic Image Collection.
Your Assignment Brief
* We'll fly you in from your country of residence to Paro, Bhutan where you will meet your JoJo's Adventure guide for your 7 day trip. You'll need to be available to be in Bhutan between December 5 - December 12, 2010.
* On the trip, which has been specifically designed for the assignment,you will work alongside Jason Edwards photographing rare and endangered wildlife in the Phobjikha Valley including the White Bellied Heron(there are only 200 left in the world, and 30 live in this valley)Black Necked Cranes. The trip will also include historical architecture and traditional Bhutanese culture.
* You willgain invaluable mentoring and hands-on experience in everything from shot set up, technique and composition through to insights into his many years of diverse experience as an award winning photographer.
* Your assignment will involve observing and assisting Jason as well as undertaking your own photographic work. This will involve long days chasing the perfect shot!
* You will keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this to a WorldNomads.com travel journal, including pictures you've taken.
* On your return you will submit your top photographs to National Geographic Channel for publication on www.natgeotv.com.au.(See Anna Zhu's photos, our winner from 2009, and her exhibition at Michaels)
* Most of all, you'll be experiencing what it's like to be a photographer-on assignment with National Geographic!
Who can apply
* Anyone can apply - this is open to photography students, lovers of photography or any non-professional trying to kickstart a career in travel photography.
* Minimum age 18 with a good level of fitness as there is trekking involved.
* This is a global opportunity - you may apply from any country.
* You should be an exceptional photographer with a lust for adventure, ambition to grow your photographic skills and forge a career in Travel Photography, and of course a desire to travel to Bhutan.
* Remember this is a scholarship, a learning experience, and therefore will not be suitable for professional or Semi-professional photographers.
* Find out more about eligibility in our FAQ video blog
Please look carefully at the 4 steps required to complete your application.
If your photos are not ready, we suggest you come back later to complete this entry.
1. Shoot a series of photos (maximum of 5) that tell a story about a place you have visited. 'Place' may be anywhere; somewhere in your own community or much further away. The judges will be looking for:
* ability to convey a story through photos
* excellent technique
Please see our FAQ video blog about the theme, making digital adjustments and Jason's judging criteria.
2. Add your photos to worldnomads.com. Firstly create a journal, which is where your photos will be hosted, and fill in the entry form. Upload your photos either as a Flikr set or directly in the journal. (If you are already a member or have a journal, please sign-in.) * Please don't remove the tags and title of the gallery we have set up for you - this is how we find you *.
3. Tell us in 300 words or less about your photos and why you should be chosen. Your written response will have significant weighting in the judging process, so think carefully about why you should be chosen. Remember this is a learning opportunity, not a junket for professional photographers.
4. Finally the legal bit. You know the Terms and Conditions of entry.
One entry per person
Applications close: Midnight, October 17, 2010 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
The recipient of the Scholarship, along with the best entries will be published on WorldNomads.com on November 1, 2010.
Check out our finalists and shortlist from 2009 along with judge's comments.
Take a look at our FAQ's video blog which provides more details on the task, technical guidelines, judging criteria, eligibility and more.
Photos courtesy of Christopher Potter
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