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Travel Photography Scholarship 2012 - Oman

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Views [284732] | Comments [183]

Applications are now closed - best of luck to everyone that applied!


World Nomads National Geographic Channel

Ever wondered what it would be like on assignment as a National Geographic photographer?

This is your chance to go to Oman and be mentored by Nat Geo veteran and host of National Geographic Channel's Pure Photography series, Jason Edwards!

Applications close January 14th 2013, at 2pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +11)

We know that you have been patiently waiting all year for this one...
WorldNomads.com and National Geographic Channel are giving one aspiring photographer the opportunity to accompany renowned wildlife and natural history photographer, Jason Edwards, on assignment in Oman. Find out firsthand what life is like in the field for a travel photographer and learn the tricks of the trade during this 8-day mentorship experience.

About the Assignment

This is the Arabia of Aladdin’s dreams.

Allow Peregrine Adventures and Oman Tourism to help you explore the historic city of Muscat and drive along the coast to the bubbling fishing village of Seeb. By 4WD, travel to the rugged interior and the splendid forts of Nakhal and Al Hazm, framed by the spectacular Jebel Akhdar Mountains. Continue on to explore the beautiful oasis at Wadi Bani Khaled, before entering the vast Wahiba Sands – where you'll sleep at a rustic desert camp under a blanket of brilliant stars.

The charming oasis of Lisq and the village of Mudaibi, further reveal the local life of Oman, as does a browse of the fabulous souk of ancient Nizwa. Meet the people, learn of their delicate silverware, woodwork and embroidery, and unwind in the cool heights of the Mountain of the Sun, all before a further wander of the wonderful maze of Muscat.

And what better way to capture the entire experience than from behind the lens of a new Canon EOS 6D?!

Here’s the deal:

*You must be available to be in Oman between March 7-16, 2013.

*On the trip you will work alongside Jason Edwards photographing the people, culture and landscapes of Oman at various times of the day and night.

*You will gain 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, early mornings and late nights working!

*Most of all, you'll be experiencing what it's like to be a photographer on-assignment with National Geographic!

Your Brief

*You will work through a specific shot list of 30 photos that will be commissioned by the scholarship partners as part of your assignment.

*You will keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this to a WorldNomads.com travel journal (minimum 200 words per day), including pictures you've taken.

*On your return you will work with Jason Edwards through the editorial process to shortlist your top photographs and colour balance to achieve professional looking shots for submission to National Geographic Channel for publication.

A selection of your best photos will be published on National Geographic Channel 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!

The Prizes

The Winner will receive:

*An 8-day bespoke trip to Oman with Peregrine Adventures and Oman Tourism.

*Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Muscat courtesy of Etihad Airways where you will meet your mentor and small film crew.

*An advanced photography kit from Canon, including:
  • Canon EOS 6D: the world’s most lightweight DSLR with full frame sensor
  • Canon Speedlight Flash 430EX
  • Canon Lenses: 50mm f/1.4; 17-40mm f/4; 70-200 f/4
  • a Canon Academy course
  • Canon PIXMA PRO100 printer

*Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads.

The 3 Runner’s Up will receive:

*A Canon prize pack including:


Who can apply

* This opportunity is open to any non-professional trying to start a career in Travel Photography - photography students or keen amateurs/pro-amateurs looking for a foot in the door.

* Minimum age 18 by the application deadline with a good level of physical fitness.

* This is a global opportunity - you may be a resident of any country.

* You should be an exceptional photographer with a lust for adventure, have a strong desire to be mentored and grow your photographic knowledge and skills, an ambition to forge a career in Travel Photography, and of course a desire to travel to Oman.

* Remember this is a scholarship, a learning experience, and therefore will not be suitable for professional or semi-professional photographers.

Am I eligible? What makes a non-professional?

We appreciate that the photography industry is difficult to break into and there are a lucky few who can count themselves as professional full time photographers.

This scholarship is very much about the mentorship opportunity, and the judging panel will be selecting the person or team who they feel will most benefit from the learning opportunity. So, if you currently make more than 25% of your income from photography activities, you are not eligible.

You will be asked to outline your experience to date in the submission process, and it will be the judging panel who decides who is most suitable based on their photos and written component.

Find out more about eligibility on our FAQ page.

Important Dates

**You need to be available between March 7th-16th, 2013 to participate on the assignment.**

Applications Accepted: November 12 - January 14

Judging Period: January 14 - February 3

Winner Announced: February 4

Assignment: March 7-16, 2013

Apply now!

Please look carefully at the 4 steps required to complete your application.
If your photos (with captions and essay) are not ready, we suggest you come back later to complete this entry.

1. Shoot a series of photos (maximum of 5)

They must 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:

* originality
* ability to convey a story through photos
* excellent technique

Each of the 5 shots must have accompanying caption text to help contextualize the shot.

Please see our FAQ page about the theme, making digital adjustments and Jason's judging criteria before you submit your application..

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 Flickr set (they need to be the only 5 photos in the particular Flickr set) or directly in the journal. This year we have a new functionality in Journals that allows you to view your photos in a much larger format, similar to Flickr. (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 1200 characters or less about yourself 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.  Tell us about yourself, your passions, why you love photography, what drives you to take a better shot, where you would like to go with your photography etc. Help us form a picture in our mind of you as a person with your text.

Remember this is a once in a lifetime 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: 2pm January 14, 2013 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

Please Note: Last year we almost had a server meltdown because applicants left it to the last minute to submit. Don't miss out! Apply well before the closing date to ensure your application is successful!

The recipient of the Scholarship, along with the best entries, will be published on WorldNomads.com on February 4, 2013.

Check out our finalists and shortlist from 2011 along with judge's comments.

See past travel photography scholarship winner Walid Rashid's photos (2011) and Dat Vu's photos (2010) on the Nat Geo Channel website, and Anna Zhu's (2009) exhibition with Jason Edwards in Sydney.

Any Questions?

Take a look at our FAQs page which provides more details on the task, technical guidelines, judging criteria, eligibility and more. Please read this page before posting your question in the comments sections below - chances are, we've already answered your question there!









About Jason Edwards

With an image portfolio ranking among the largest of any photographer in the National Geographic Society's long history, Melbourne-based photo journalist Jason Edwards is the face of Pure Photography on National Geographic Channel. This series of natural history vignettes accompanies him on assignment as he chronicles the world's natural wonders through a lens. Follow Jason and his amazing adventures of life in the field as a National Geographic Photographer here. And you might even get some photography tips!

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And if you're lucky enough to be mentored by one of our industry professionals, it could kick start your career!

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Hi, is this scholarship applicable for Quebec residents?

Judicael - This opportunity is open to residents of any country. Alicia

Hi everybody, please read the FAQs page which provides more details on the task, technical guidelines, judging criteria, eligibility and more. Please read this page before posting your question in the comments sections below - chances are, we've already answered your question there!

  Judicael Nov 13, 2012 1:18 AM


If I got selected, do I have to bear the traveling fee from my country to Oman??
Thank you!

Madhushan - As outlined above, the winner's airfare and the trip in Oman are included in the prize.

Alicia WorldNomads.com

  Madhushan de silva Nov 13, 2012 2:38 AM


is this for canon users only?

Francis - No, this scholarship is open to anyone. However, the winner will be getting the advanced photographer's kit from Canon that they can first try out on assignment in Oman. - Alicia

  francis Nov 13, 2012 2:20 PM


Hi , What would happen if I'm selected and I don't have a passport would I be eligible to travel ?

Jefferson - As long as you have a valid passport by the date that we announce the winner (February 4, 2013), you will be eligible to travel. - Alicia

  Jefferson Goldwin Nov 13, 2012 4:10 PM


I do not have much technical knowledge about camera's but i love taking pictures am i still eligible to apply ??
thank you.

  preeti Nov 13, 2012 7:31 PM


also please let me know...
what kind of a story should the pictures convey...can it be anything that comes to our mind ? and can the captions be descriptive or only quotes would be allowed.. by descriptive i mean describing about the place or ones personal view on it.
thank you

Preeti - Yes, of course you can apply. We will be judging the photos, not your technical knowledge. Your photos should tell a story about a place you have visited (you are free to interpret what that means). The captions just need to provide a bit of background or description about each image.


  preeti Nov 13, 2012 8:50 PM


asalam o alaikum i know its says atleast 18 years old i wanted to ask if the age rule can be bended a little...im studying photography and i plan to pursue a career in it when i graduate and there are chances like these that could be huge benefit not only in my personal life but professional life as well...im really keen on entering and representing Pakistan as my country...could i be told if above 18 year olds can apply

Shahnawaz - You do need to be 18 by January 14th in order to apply. However, we do offer a Travel Photography Scholarship each year, so check back in with us next year and apply then!

  Shahnawaz Ramay Nov 13, 2012 11:50 PM


This question may have already been answered but I'll try anyway- If I turn 18 in February, I still cannot even apply? It's so disappointing if so, this opportunity is incredible.

Megan - You do need to be 18 by January 14th in order to apply. However, we do offer a Travel Photography Scholarship each year, so check back in with us next year and apply then!

  Megan Nov 14, 2012 9:59 AM


I'd like to join but I'm not 18 years old yet :\ I will be 18 at january 23 :\

  Jeth Nov 14, 2012 6:29 PM


Hi, amazing scholarship. We would like to participate by providing social media coverage. How can we officially express our interest?

Khalid - Thanks! You can email me at scholarships@worldnomads.com to discuss. - Alicia

  Khalid - Oman Nov 14, 2012 7:07 PM


i really am like an amateur photographer. but i really want to learn from this. is that okay?

Anna - Yes, we encourage all amateur photographers to apply for this mentorship experience.

  Anna Nov 15, 2012 1:11 PM


Hi! i was wondering what if the photo was taken by one person but edited by another...how will the prize be awarded that way. Will it be upon us to decide who gets to go or we both do? thank you :D

Anbareen - This trip is for one person only. That person must be an aspiring photographer that can both take and edit their own photos. This is NOT a team effort. - Alicia

Anbereen, Part of this photography exercise is for aspiring photographers to learn the art of story telling AND editing. I'd advise you to put time into both as it will help your photography. - Jason

  Anbareen Nov 15, 2012 1:33 PM


Hi there!! I've been trying to upload pictures in the gallery. This is the third time I tried to upload my five pictures but I always end up having five of the same pictures in my gallery. Please help me with this glitch!

Diwata - Are all your photo files named 'image.jpg'? That won't work, they will all have to have different names.

  diwata Nov 15, 2012 3:24 PM


Is there a length restriction for captions, or any length is acceptable?

Viktor, The captions don't need to be too long maybe 2-3 sentences but if you can tell me all I need to know in less that's fine just don't write something like, "This is a cow."


  Viktor Nov 15, 2012 8:06 PM


Wow, what an amazing prize. Fingers crossed on this one...
I was wondering, the series of 5 photos, do they all have to be from the same place or can they be from different locations?

Jody, It would be safer to have them from the same place but you might find you can still tell the story with the images coming from scattered locations. However, remember we must sense the 'place' that you visited!


  Jody Hartley Nov 15, 2012 9:55 PM


Jason here. I'll be stepping into this forum when necessary but also posting thoughts on my FB page and blog:



  Jason Nov 15, 2012 11:45 PM


Do the (up to) five images have to be of the same place/story, or can you have a couple of images from here, a compelling image from there, and perhaps another image(s) from even a third shoot? Basically are you judging a tied-together series/sequence or just the quality and compelling nature of the images themselves? Finally, can it just be themed, like children encountered during travels (at a variety of locations) or animals encountered, or even landscapes, for example.

Mike - Read comments above and question #5 on the FAQs page: http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/story/90861/Oman/2012-Travel-Photography-Scholarship-FAQs


  Mike Nov 16, 2012 2:06 AM


Do you have to be a proper student? I'm 29 and somewhat self-trained and aspiring photog, but it seems like this contest is meant for photography students.

Nelson - No, you do not need to be a student, just an aspiring photographer!


  Nelson Nov 16, 2012 2:23 AM


hi! thank you for asking my previous question, just one more question: how do i no if you guy got my entry? cuz i no there is a website but it doesnt seem to be working for me. thank you again

Anbareen (and everyone) -
You can view all valid entries here:


  Anbareen Nov 16, 2012 11:58 AM


Are Panorama or HDR pictures eligible ?

Kod, HDR is NOT allowed please see the FAQs and terms and conditions. Panoramic is allowed if it was captured using a panoramic camera. Images stitched together to create a panoramic are NOT allowed.

Mild cropping is allowed but remember if you crop your 35mm image to look like a panoramic it will be judged in comparison to your original image if you are a finalist. Again, NO stitching of images!



  Kod Nov 16, 2012 2:51 PM


I have studied photography as one of the subjects during my graduation and did photography assignments back then, but after that I never pursued it or rather could not. I am not a photographer but I have huge interest in it and would like to explore the same. Am I eligible to apply and will my application be considered? Also, photographs taken from a usual digital camera can be submitted or they need to be taken from a professional camera/DSLR?

Farhat, Anyone can enter as long as you are NOT a semi professional/professional making more than 25% of your income through photography. Any camera is fine is does not have to be professional.



  Farhat Jahan Nov 18, 2012 7:15 AM


Could you please tell me if the photos could have a slight level of editing and also what size they should be. Plus if the photos could be watermarked.

Thank you.

Savysart, Please see our Digital Adjustment Guidelines for what is applicable for digital adjustments. Also, what sort of adjustments did you have in mind?



  savysart_photography Nov 18, 2012 5:33 PM


Can it be a theme based photography i.e. we can visit slums or we can visit university and do photography on 'life in slums" or "student life of university" or we have to specifically visit a tourist spot and do photography their..?

Abdul - The 'place' does not specifically need to be a city or town, it could just be your backyard, or as you mentioned, a slum or a university. Check out Jason's FAQ video about theme:


  Abdul Rab Nov 18, 2012 10:06 PM


I don't know if I understand well all information. I haven't found information about how many money we have to pay for this. Please send me information about that part. Thanks :)

Ivy - Your flights, trip in Oman, accommodations and a per diem are included in the prize.


  ivy Nov 19, 2012 6:29 AM


I work as a photographic assistant on a range of things including advertising and editorial shoots.
But I dont really work as a photographer.
does this exclude me from entering the competition?

Mark, I'm very aware that many assistants in the industry generate their combined income from their assisting work AND from work they do on the side whilst they learn the art and the business, of photography. 'Assisting' is one thing as is working in a photo lab however if you are making more than 25% of your total income from doing you own gigs then you would not be eligible. Do the figures carefully because you might be surprised at what you earn from your own time.



  mark thompson Nov 19, 2012 11:22 AM


Hi, is it a must that the photos must be taken in 2012? Can those photos being taken 2 years back or even 4 years back? Because now only I know there is travel scholarship from Nat Geo. Thx

CN - Your photos do not have to have been taken in 2012. - Alicia

  CN Nov 20, 2012 9:34 PM


Just uploaded my photos and everything is good to go! I will be on the edge of my seat until February! Best of luck to all! And I also want to add that I am very thankful I came across this scholarship! it's wonderful! --- Allie

  never-endingtravels Nov 21, 2012 2:43 PM


i already upload my foto... but i doesn't appear on list scholarship entry... what should i do? thank you

We can see it in the list

  pandu Nov 21, 2012 3:51 PM


Good day! I just would like to clarify something. By "place you have visited" does it exclusively mean that it should be some place where you might have taken a vacation or haven't stayed at for too long? Or it's okay to submit pictures of the city where you officially reside?

Sia - A place can be anywhere. Watch Jason's FAQ video on this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWYjyr_wWWg -Alicia

  Sia Nov 22, 2012 1:12 AM


Hi, what's the policy with watermarking? Thanks!

Please could you explain why you've asked for our blog URLs in the application process? Will the photographs on there - some of which are good and some of which are not - have any impact on an application?

Moonlight, feel free to watermark just don't be excessive otherwise it might distract from your images.

The competition is based on your entry images however if you are a finalist we might look at other things you've done to ascertain more about you. Having a blog or website etc is NOT necessary to win the Scholarship so don't worry about that.



  Moonlight Nov 22, 2012 4:48 PM



This is a great opportunity! But I'm not sure if I qualify: I've been in the photography business for over a year, and to be honest all the money I make is from photography, but I still depend on my parents (they provide food, some clothing, and the house of course :)). This year I resigned my day job to pursue my dream for being my own boss doing something I love. The thing is that I have at least 2 clients a month for sessions, and what I make as an average is $220. So, as you can see, my question is: do I qualify?

Thank you for any information you can give me!

Hola from Ecuador!

Hi Emilia - The "more than 25% of your income" guideline assumes that you are making a full time salary and are supporting yourself on it. Given the details you have provided and the fact that it does not sound like you are a full-time photography professional (still aspiring), I would say you are eligible to apply. - Alicia

  Emilia Nov 23, 2012 4:08 PM


Can I apply if I didn't work in photograpy, but medical field in 2011, always was an enthusiast, traveled the World in 2012, have no work at the moment of submission, but will probably earn more than 25%, maybe 50% of my income from photography after february, march 2013? Thx

Carlos - Please email me at scholarships@worldnomads.com with more information.


  Carlos Nov 24, 2012 10:25 AM


I would like to ask you about this size of photos which we have to upload ?

Praveen - Please read question #10 on our FAQs page: http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/story/90861/Oman/2012-Travel-Photography-Scholarship-FAQs


  praveen chettri Nov 24, 2012 4:00 PM


After going over the previous winners, it sounds like this contest is about photographing people only. No space for landscapes, food, relics, treasures, they just want participants to take pictures of people. I'm a respectful traveller and by ll means I do avoid making snapshots of humans. The contest looks amazing, but if the winner is selected on the basis of making a composition of people, that's not for me.

Miguel, Not at all! The competition has nothing to do with subject matter it's about 'telling a story about a place you have visited'. If you look back at all of the blogging we have done over the years you will see that by place I quite literally mean 'place'! I don't care if it's the Grand Canyon or the same tree in four different seasons and the tree sits in your local park, or as you say people. As long as the sense of place comes through.

Ironically we barely get submissions featuring landscapes, wildlife or natural history but YES they are welcome. I'm not going to force people to do this but please do! I might whip up a blog post about this today.



  Miguel Nov 25, 2012 4:19 PM


Hi, can I participate with photo taken with fish eye lens? Thanks

CN, Yes fish eye lenses are acceptable just remember everything 'looks' good in wide angle but isn't necessarily so. Choose your images carefully!



  CN Nov 28, 2012 2:39 AM


Hi Jason,

The photos which I want to submit have my digital signature on it with the name Pals Photography. Will it be accepted ?

Please reply.

Pallav, Watermarks are fine just make sure they don't distract from the image.



  Pallav Kumar Nov 28, 2012 3:44 AM


Dear Jason,

I am not realy into legal regulations... I keep travelling and have never asked anybody to sign a paper if they allowed me later to publicate their portraits.. Would it be a problem?

Thanks a lot,

Zin, It's not a killer but it's always good to get them if you can. Feel free to use what you have as long as you don't see the people in the portraits objecting to you using them.


  Zin Nov 29, 2012 9:25 AM


Another good question sent to me:

Hello, I just wanted to ask a quick question about the Oman Sponsorship. I have a series of photos I am thinking of submitting but one of them was taken on a camera that was not mine. I took the shot and have a copy of the shot but it was not my camera does this matter? Just thought I would check. Thanks George

A. Hi George it doesn't matter who owned the camera as long as you didn't steal it!



Good question. Please post them on the Forum so others might see and it saves my typing fingers!


  Jason Nov 29, 2012 4:15 PM


A new blog post:



  Jason Nov 29, 2012 4:53 PM


I love photography and I have experience in it 7 years and I want to travel and learn more about the art of photography and I want to join you and work with you and Guenuatcm sincere appreciation and thanks

Mohammed, You're welcome!

And I'm heading home after 12 hours editing Amazon material.



   Mohammed Dec 1, 2012 3:25 AM


Hello Jason,
when i fill the application i wrote around 200 words about me, and on next step of creating the gallery this paragraph was set as default to be the describtion of the gallery! should it be left like that? or can i change it to the story behind the gallery?


Melmadhi - The 1200 character essay about yourself and why you should be chosen should be what is attached to your gallery. Please keep all photo descriptions to the individual captions.


  melmahdi Dec 1, 2012 1:11 PM


Hi Guys,

Here's another post about the Scholarship. Follow my blog to keep updated!



  Jason Dec 1, 2012 6:24 PM


Yesterday I signed for the scholarship but I can't see my entry published! Maybe I did some mistake? The name of my photo gallery should be ottoman_memories.
Thank you!

Alessandro - I just responded to your email.


  alessandro_photography Dec 1, 2012 8:31 PM


I have images clicked from my phone camera,
camera informtion - focal length - 3.6mm , f/2.8 ...can i hope for something .?

Aman - Do apply with your best photos, best of luck!


  Aman Dec 2, 2012 2:12 AM


hey everyone , pleas there is something wrong with the sound of the answer videos , i thought its my problem but no , i checked out mmmmmm its also the problem of someone's comment in the 1st video .

thanx in advance

Maryam - Are you able to hear the audio in the FAQ videos at all?


  Maryam Dec 2, 2012 2:38 AM


hi Alicia

yes all the videos , just the music introduction plays and when Jason starts to talk no sound at all :(

  maryam Dec 3, 2012 7:42 PM


Hi Alecia

i tried again i changed my speakers with headphones it worked ,its strange coz the music intro plays on the speakers while Jason voice not but using headphones it is all playing :)

thanx again

thanx for your time

  maryam Dec 3, 2012 7:51 PM


Hi - I am inquiring about the length of the essay. Is it a firm 1200 characters? Will you penalized if you go over a little?
Thank you.

Janet Lee, this is my grumpy face ;( don't go over even if it lets you, and it shouldn't let you! This year we are feeding every person that exceeds the count to crocodiles.

Don't make me feed you to a crocodile!


Jason :)

  Janet-Lee Dec 3, 2012 8:02 PM


Hi! If the photos I'm planning to enter into the competition are on my blog and on facebook, will that be a problem? I can't find anything about this in the FAQ or in the comments (although there is a chance I might've missed it).

Rach, There is no issue with your images being on FB or on your blog.



  Rach Dec 4, 2012 12:14 AM


hi everyone

am i allowed to use any kind of digital adjustments program like ( light room ) or just photoshop is allowed ?

Maryam, Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop and other softwares are allowed just keep your treatments to a minimum. See the Digital Adjustments guidelines here. http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/story/90861/Oman/2012-Travel-Photography-Scholarship-FAQs



  Maryam Dec 4, 2012 4:51 AM


I know similar questions have been asked but I'm still a little bit uncertain on this. Could I make up my five images with pictures taken in different countries? For example could the 'place' could be a continent (eg. south east asia) and then my images would all be pictures I had taken in south east asia? or does it all have to be photographed in the same country?
I hope this question made sense,
Thank you.

Naomi, technically you can do this although I must caution you that the wider the scope the more difficult it it to tell the story. You would really need to have a coherent theme coming through and the 'place' must be well-defined. It's not impossible to do but be careful how you do this!



  Naomi Dec 5, 2012 7:12 AM


Hi all,
I would like to know whether the travel photography scholarship opportunity comes annually? I'm doing a master degree at this moment and won't be finishing till the end of 2013.

Kind regards

Hi Jude - Yes, we do post a Travel Photography Scholarship annually. Check back in next year! - Alicia

  Jude Dec 6, 2012 1:44 PM


I tried to check through everything so these wouldn't be repeats.
I have three questions for you.
The first is just an I-don't-know-much question. What does HDR mean?
The second is: when taking these photos, do they need to be completely un-staged?
Number three! How literal do we have to go into 'place'? For instance, I am thinking about it right now as a state of mind that you can 'visit'. Or like a mental process/emotional 'place'. Would it be okay if I could convey that? Or do you want us to stay with physical?

P.S. The response to question 14 still has me laughing. "This is a cow"

Sarah, In answer to your questions:

-Basically HDR is where you take multiple photographs of the same subject and sandwich them together into one picture.
Here are some examples

-I definitely prefer unstaged but I guess it's not mandatory. But again 'I' prefer unstaged as it shows me the photographer has what it takes to capture the moment, not create it. Let's put it out there, I hate staged photos!

-Either / or is fine Sarah just as long as the judges and then myself can get a feel for the 'place' you have visited!

Best Wishes


  Sarah Chaney Dec 7, 2012 12:21 AM


Hi there! I can be considered a pro because i work fulltime as a photographer. But i work for a company. The studios are located in the malls in the philippines. i just work for them and i receive fixed salary. The style of photography that i used is the company's not mine. In the studio, the settings are fixed and we cant change it. One day when i have enough money for a nice camera, i want to have my photography business. What I do at work is photograph babies and families. I like my job, but i really want something more. The photographs that i took at work are owned by the company. I cant even use them for my portfolio. I know i can be more than this... Iv always wanted to travel and take nice pictures. It's my dream. Can i still join your contest?

Maad, I'm sorry my friend I truly am, but you would not be eligible. I very much understand your situation but it seems you are still making your income pushing the shutter. If you worked in a camera shop selling cameras but not your photos that would be different.

In the past we've had other photographers in similar roles and we haven't been able to let them enter. In some cases the next year their situation had changed and they were freelancing and making their income from other sources whilst they built their photography businesses. They were able to enter the Scholarship at that time.

I believe you can be so much more as a photographer your passion is very evident! Try and focus on the skills you are learning now because you never know when they might assist you in the future.

Best Wishes


  maad Dec 7, 2012 1:18 PM


Guys another blog post for the Scholarship. Food for thought.



  Jason Dec 7, 2012 9:05 PM


Hi, is that okay if I do not have a RAW original of my pictures but only JPG?

Tiph, Why don't you have the RAW?


  Tiph Dec 8, 2012 6:21 AM


Hi, do the images have to be taken for the competition, within a certain time (i.e within the last year) or at any time? Thanks

Bell, Any time is fine for the image capture.


  Bell Dec 8, 2012 3:11 PM


The pictures I'd like to submit are only in JPG because at that time I had a sd card not big enough and I realized too late that I couldn't keep on shooting RAW (and no places to get another sd card where I was). I know it's really bad, but it was a few years ago and I have now a great sd card and shoot only RAW. But, I am still really proud of those pictures that's why I'd like to submit them.Thanks!

Tiph, That should be ok but remember if you are a finalist you might still be required to submit the jpeg file as captured in your camera at the time as well as the processed file that you entered. We don't look favourably on people who say they never kept the original jpeg!


  Tiph Dec 8, 2012 9:02 PM


Hi there,
I am an aspiring photographer. I have a question that I can't seem to find the answer to on the web site.
I love 35mm film and still shoot with it, as I love the art form of photography and mastering the techniques of shooting with film and getting it right the first time :)
I am interested in digital photography as well and have done a bit of dappling on photoshop.
My question is this: can I enter this competition with 35mm film?
How would I do that if I could? Scan them in, or send the hard copies in to you?


Natalie, Love your philosophy, film is wonderful. I'd suggest scanning the negatives/transparencies and uploading those files after you've processed them.



  Natalie Dec 9, 2012 2:11 PM


I am asking this question for someone who is currently working as an architect in Oman and would like to join this scholarship obviously without the travel and accommodation costs. Would he be able to submit as required and be considered as a "second" photographer, assuming you are impressed with his work (its amazing, promise!).


Lina - We will not be choosing a 'second' photographer to join the assignment in Oman. However, please do encourage your friend to apply as the winner can be from Oman (or anywhere). - Alicia

  Lina Ali Dec 9, 2012 6:10 PM


just wish the age limit was not 18 :/

Sarah - Not to worry, the Travel Photography Scholarship is an annual opportunity, so check back in with us next year.


  sarah henry Dec 9, 2012 7:42 PM


I am new at worldnomads. How can we add the captions to our pictures? As I uploaded my pics I was able to add a description but it can't be longer than a sentence..
Would you please help me?

iranxabijuez - it looks like you have added captions to each of your photos as well as added a comment with extra captioning to each photo. You need to sign into your Journal and updated each photo description with your final captions, as we will not count the 'comments' as captions in the judging process.


  iranxabijuez Dec 10, 2012 1:00 PM


Hi Jason
I'm very excited about this life changing competition and filled out all the questions and uploaded my photos but nothing came up as though my entry is submitted so how do I check if it's gone through and I'm in the running for this awesome prize.
Thanks. Troy

Troy - Did you receive a confirmation email? You can also check that we have you entry here: http://adventures.worldnomads.com/scholarships/?m=8


  Troy Dec 10, 2012 9:56 PM


hello, is it allowed to use mobile phone camera to take picture for this scholarships?

Andre - If you feel that the photos taken on your mobile phone showcase your best work, feel free to submit them.


Andre, mobile phone images are fine but the same post-processing rules apply therefore don't do much to those files or put funky filters on them because no-one else is allowed to do that.



  Andre Dec 10, 2012 10:09 PM


Hi, about the resolution of the pictures, must be 72ppi and 960px per picture or could be 300ppi if the size is 960px ?


When you upload your photos they will be resized to 72dpi (standard computer screen resolution) as this is how they will be judged

  Guillermo Dec 12, 2012 6:45 AM


Hi Jason,
How recent are images have to be?
Also are scanned images from negatives valid to enter?

Mike, Scanned images from negs are more than welcome. No date restrictions on the images although if I see something shot during the Civil War I'm guessing something is up!



  Mike Dec 12, 2012 1:08 PM


it's been asked but the answer was not posted -- I've uploaded and wrote my description but my entry does not seem published (?) help

13thwitch - you can see your entry on your journal: http://journals.worldnomads.com/13thwitch/photos/36227/Philippines/My-Scholarship-entry-A-place-I-have-visited

Everyone: You can check that we have your entry here: http://adventures.worldnomads.com/scholarships/?m=8


  13thwitch Dec 13, 2012 2:04 AM


can i convert my images to black and white if they convey the meaning better?

  shelby Dec 13, 2012 4:40 PM


Hey there! It is so great that you offer this once in a lifetime opportunity for young aspiring photographers. I was wondering how many applicants usually apply for this scholarship?

  John Dec 14, 2012 4:39 AM


If someone were to win the Canon Academy course and has already made plans for 2013, could they be given the choice to complete the course in 2014?

The WorldNomads Photography Scholarship is not a course, and is completely unrelated to any Canon Academy course

  Chontelle Dec 14, 2012 9:59 AM


My own personal income from photography is over 25% because I don't have a job but compared to a normal person's (of my age) income it's more around 5% and I mostly live off my parents. Does this count? I'd really like to get into Photojournalism but don't have an in yet.

  Georgia Dec 14, 2012 10:23 AM


Hi, just wondering if I am eligible. I work full time for a real estate sign board/photography company, where my work is split 4 ways - Floor Plan Artist, Sales Consultant, deliveries and client management and Photographer. All my work gear is provided by my workplace, but I am have started my own Amateur Pro Business, which I would like to pursue. Photojournalism is where it's always been for me, and this would be a great start!

Am I eligible to enter?

  Tash Dec 14, 2012 6:54 PM


This opportunity would be a dream come true! Wondering if I am eligible:

This passed year I have worked as a photographer's assistant editing all of his work. It has been for real estate photography. But what really makes my soul sing is street photography, candid culture and photo-journalism--Images that capture meaning in a visually poetic way. Real estate photography, although financially viable, lacks that soul-inspired motivation for me. However, I have been offered a position as a real estate photographer for his company. This would start in January.

Am I eligible? My income to this point has been earned as an editor, and only 14 days will have passed in the competition where I would have been working as a semi-photographer? (More of a 'room-documenter' really..)

Please let me know!

  K Dec 14, 2012 9:39 PM


John - Each year we receive more entries, but usually around 1500-2000.

Georgia - See my answer to comment #31, it does sound like you are eligible.

Tash - If you income is 25% or less between the photography portion of your job and your amateur pro business, then you would be eligible to enter.


  scholarships Dec 15, 2012 12:17 AM


68. Shelby, it's fine to convert the files but remember you are still restricted with the level of post production that you're allowed to do.

69. John, I'm not sure really as Alicia's team take care of that but I think the entries come in from about eighty countries (at a guess). Although as an Australian male I might be exaggerating that figure.

70. Chontelle, the Canon Academy courses can be taken at different times of the year separate to the Scholarship.

72. Tash, Three questions:
-what percentage of your working week at the firm is spent photographing?
-how long have you been running your own business
-what is the percentage of your own business income compared to your other income.

73. K, You would be eligible because being an assistant in that context where you are not photographing is acceptable in the same vain as a camera shop assistant makes their income through the photographic industry but not photography. I would imagine next year you will be a full-time photographer and therefore not eligible. So good luck this year!



  Jason Dec 15, 2012 2:05 PM


So I read there is no restriction date of when the photo was taken as long as I took the photo and conveys a story of the place I visited? And converting colour to black and white is fine? I normally take photos in colour but change to black and white because it is more dramatic. I used to just shoot in black and white but from experience its hard to turn black and white to colour, so I always shoot in colour just in case.

  Glen Dec 16, 2012 2:10 AM


Hi! I have got a question: the photographs I add to my journal are the ones for the scholarship? or where do I upload them? Thank you very much!

Morokii - When you sign up for the scholarship, you'll both be creating a journal as well as uploading your photos at the same time. You'll be able to view them and we'll be able to judge them!

  morokii Dec 16, 2012 2:17 PM



I have a photograph that contains some modern art in the background. Will I need to get special permission from the artist to include the photograph in the competition, as the work is obviously not my own?

Thanks for any advice. :)


Clare, That's fine to have the artwork in the background.



  Clare Dec 16, 2012 8:09 PM


This may seem like a silly question but Im assuming there will be translators accompanying you through the OMAN experience?

Heleena - The winner and Jason will be travelling with a Peregrine guide who will no doubt act as a translator throughout the trip..

  Heleena Tamihana Dec 16, 2012 10:52 PM


I was just wondering, if the theme of 'place' with a 'storyline' is used each year?

Mark - We've stuck with this theme as we believe it gives a broad enough scope to work within, whilst still providing focus on applicants ability to tell a story through their imagery, critical to support Jason to find the right scholarship winner.

  Mark Dec 17, 2012 12:36 PM


Hi there, I'm just wondering. If someone wins the competition do they get to keep the gear from canon, or do they give it back?

Ryan, You get to keep the gear!


  Ryan Dec 18, 2012 12:56 PM


What should be the title of my journal? Planning to join the Photography Scholarship and most entries I see are entitled "My Scholarship entry - A 'place' I have visited," should it be the title or I can customize it based on my preferences?

Rico, you choose a unique journalname and journal title as part of your application. The title of your post (your actual entry) defaults to "My Scholarship entry - A 'place' I have visited", but you can change that afterwards if you so wish.

  Rico Dec 20, 2012 10:48 AM


Hi Alicia and Jason,
I am just writing to say thank you for the FAQ page and all the great videos on YouTube, I have learned a lot from both, especially I find of great help Jason's video briefings.
I also want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the effort you put in the organization of this great scholarship competition, and the patience for answering all our questions.

Warmest regards,

Irene, thanks for the feedback greatly appreciated.



  life_pilgrim Dec 21, 2012 3:02 AM


I want to ask a question. actually it has been asked before but im still not clear about it. i find that question #32 almost the same with mine. for the competition, do you define pro/semi only by their income, no more than 25%?

I've been learnt photography since 2004. after graduated from college, i work as an engineer. until last year, i decided to resign. then I attended some photography workshops this year. Since then, i try to apply for being a full time photographer, but its not that easy. right now, i work at a graphic design agency but im still applying to some local magazine and some company in here. my income approximately less than 12% from photography. Can i submit?

what if after Im submitting photos for the competition, a magazine in my area accept me to work as a full time photographer?


AA, you would be fine to enter if your income is 12%. You would also be fine if you suddenly have a full time job now as there are only a couple of weeks left to submit your entry. We would not preclude you for two weeks work!



  aa Dec 21, 2012 3:23 AM



How can I edit my motivation letter? I've edit it, but can't find how to update it.

mini-bus - Just sign back into your Journal and update the text on your Photo Gallery (just make sure you are still under 1200 characters).


  mini-bus Dec 21, 2012 5:31 PM


Hello jason,
Is it 1200 characters or 300 words to be in specific? cos i read somewhere you have mentioned 300 words. Every spaces counts if it come to character. And i have seen the previous entries with less than 300 words but of course a lot more than 1200 characters and those submissions have won :)
Sorry for the similar question jason. I have submitted keeping 300 words but its tickling in my brains now :)

  akshay Dec 22, 2012 5:27 AM


how many persons are accepted for the scholarship ?

  Amira Dec 23, 2012 8:56 AM


The instructions above say, "*Please don't remove the tags and title of the gallery we have set up for you - this is how we find you*" But no tags appear on my entry. What tags should I put?


  Patricia Dec 24, 2012 11:44 PM


Akshay - In past years, we have used the 300 word cutoff, however this year, make sure your essay is under 1200 characters (otherwise it will be eliminated).

Amira - 1 person will be the recipient of the Travel Photography Scholarship to Oman.

Hi Patricia - Can you email your details to alicia@worldnomads.com so I can check your entry and tags.


  scholarships Dec 25, 2012 12:49 AM


Hi - sorry, another question on the number of characters - does the 1200 limit include spaces? (Really hoping it doesn't!).


Sarah - 1200 characters does include spaces. The application form has a character counter, and it shouldn't let you get over 1200 chars.


  Sarah Dec 26, 2012 12:53 PM


Can one upload more than 5 pics?

Arjun - You can upload up to 5 pictures (5 is the maximum). Any more than 5 and you will be automatically disqualified.


  Arjun Chadda Dec 26, 2012 6:37 PM


Hi, Is changing captions and pics before January 14 allowed? I mean are the photos being judged, let's say, soon after uploading or not before the judging time?


Mark, Fine to alter the captions before the judging.



  Mark Dec 27, 2012 1:58 AM


will you accept an image that has used the colour accent feature on a camera?

  rimaledrifter Dec 28, 2012 4:51 AM


can the images be taken in more than one country, where "place" = a "region" of the world, for example?

  rimaledrifter Dec 28, 2012 5:01 AM


Jason, you seem like a really cool dude to hang out with and learn stuff from, be great to learn from you if i don't "win" this competition.. no prizes, paid flights or freebies

  rimaledrifter Dec 28, 2012 5:20 AM


Rimaledrifter, it depends on what filter you are referring too. If you mean you had the camera set to 'saturate' the pics a little then that would be fine but certain other settings might not be ok. Let me know what your setting was. The images can be taken in multiple locations but remember the broader the region the harder it is to show the 'place'. Thanks for the feedback I'd love to take lots of people but...



  Jason Dec 28, 2012 8:58 AM


Jason, thanks for your reply.. The colour accent feature is set on the camera and allows you to focus on one colour in a shot and brings that colour out, with the rest shot in black and white..

colour accent eg's (though most of these seem to be post-edited) https://www.google.com.au/search?q=colour+accent&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=DX3dULv2K_DDmQWVtIC4CQ&biw=1366&bih=615&sei=EH3dULDPHYHomAXU2YCgAw

thanks for clarifying place/region..


  rimaledrifter Dec 28, 2012 10:04 PM


Hi Jason,

In regards to the rule regarding multiple exposures etc, is it okay if I have taken a photo where it appears as though there are two layers, except it was achieved by zooming the lens during one single exposure? Will you disregard an entry if it looks like it could have been photoshopped, even if it's a photography technique that created it, or will you check first?

  Chris Dec 29, 2012 12:54 AM


A question: I was putting together my photo essay of the most interesting coverage I have found in my travels. Just now, I happened to peruse the "2011 Finalists and Judges Comments" post and to my surprise the winner of the contest submitted a story on the same place I've been building my essay around (Kawah Ijen in East Java, Indonesia). Will this be points against me in originality and should I scrap my original photoessay altogether?

If you could get back to me I would appreciate it. I'm just trying not to shoot myself in the foot here.

  David Dec 29, 2012 2:33 AM


Hi. I have submitted my application. However i do not see my application or my pictures in the list on http://adventures.worldnomads.com/scholarships/?m=8. Please asvice?

You have no photos. You must add your 5 photos to your scholarships gallery

  alirazavi Dec 29, 2012 7:01 AM



Can you please clarify / elaborate item #19 in the "Conditions of Entry": "It will be a condition of entry that both scholarship applicants and the scholarship recipient will grant a non-exclusive copyright license to (...)."

It sounds like all applicants will grant a non-exclusive copyright license, but there is no defined length of time, or in the event that an applicant's photo is used, whether or not he/she will be credited for the image.

Thank you!

  Justen Dec 29, 2012 8:27 AM


97. Rima, thanks for the link. I see what you mean and I guess I have two thoughts. Firstly, it's likely outside the scope of this event because we're not allowing funky filters from iphone captures etc. Secondly, this is a travel photography scholarship with a focus on the documentary element ie capturing it at the time and not post-producing later. Given the entries we've seen over past years I think this treatment would find it difficult to win. Maybe you could convert the files to be completely B & W that would be allowable.

98. Chris, that's completely fine.

99. David, Not at all feel free to enter that story but keep in mind you will need to break the mould on what was submitted earlier. We often get multiple stories from the same location.

101, Justen, My understanding is that the images are always credited. My understanding is also that it's usually the winners images that are used and maybe the finalists. I've not heard that entrants images have been used in the past. However, it's a good question and technically you are right in your assumption. I read it as promotion of the Scholarship ONLY but will follow-up with World Nomads for you.

102. Liberty, please see Alicia's answer to 90.



  Jason Dec 30, 2012 10:15 AM


Jason, in response to my question from 101:

I must enter my best photos in order to stand a chance in winning this great opportunity; however, without knowing how they potentially will be used in the greater marketing scheme of things makes it difficult to essentially give out my work for free.

A clarification of the conditions of entry is greatly appreciated. Thanks for responding!

  Justen Dec 31, 2012 2:00 AM



In response to your question about point #19 in the T's&C's, as Jason mentioned, it refers to the promotion of the Oman scholarship only (for example, we could link to an photo entry on Facebook to help spread the word about the scholarship opportunity). We also usually use the previous scholarship winner's photos to help promote the next year's photo scholarship - and showcase their work. They are always credited.


  scholarships Jan 1, 2013 1:18 AM


Hi Jason,
Are Black and White digital photographs allowed?

Grace, yes that's allowed.



  Grace Jan 1, 2013 5:54 PM


hi there
does an event not appropriate to a place , but just something that can happened in any other place , and the images taken there tell the story about that event envolving people , and having the sense about that place works well with the theme

personnally i think an open theme is more difficult than a strict theme cause the final choice may be more easy ;) thanks

Yehya, an evnt is fine as long as we get the context of the place it was captured.



  yehya Jan 2, 2013 10:35 AM


hi i have another question
which is technical
i know im asking in the last minutes but yes i just choosed my story and im not sure about a couple of things
i want to know
one usual thing in post processing is undistorting the photo, i use some presets that depends on the lens used and this gives a better final product is it allowed ?
thanks again

Yehya, Minor lens correction is fine but make sure the images still retain their original feel and accuracy.



  yehya Jan 2, 2013 11:27 AM


Hey, quick question, just wanted to know if I can submit the photos from 2 different journeys I had to the same place. I went there in 2010 an 2012, and would like to use a mix of these images. Is that possible?

Natasje - You are free to enter photos from 2 separate trips to the same place, as long as they tell one coherent story about the place.


Nataje, That's fine use as many trips as you like just only five pics!



  Natasje Jan 3, 2013 11:41 AM


Hello there

Can the photos be within the same country (diferent states in Australia)? Can the photos be from different years? Or the photos have to be from the same location taken at the same time?

Thank you

Ola - As I just mentioned above, the photos can be taken at different times, but I would keep the theme more focused, perhaps one place in Australia, rather than the entire country.


Ola, Images can be from different times and if you like from different states but make sure they work in conjunction with each other and the sense of place is evident.



  Ola Jan 3, 2013 12:51 PM


im totally thrown after switching my iMac over to Adobe RGB 98 calibration as it looks terrible, the images on this page at the top appear terrible, i have checked unedited shots straight out of my cam and they do not appear true to life.. this cant be right can it?... anywhere else where i have viewed my images (mostly on apple devices) they have looked great with my existing calibration, now i am worried as I have no idea what is correct... STRESSED!.. pls help asap, I am ready to submit my entry.

Simon W, Just calibrate so they look good to you we will make allowances and if necessary get the originals.



  Simon W Jan 4, 2013 12:11 PM


Dear Sir,
I'm a bit confused with these sentences.

"Every image must tell a story and THEN the images must work TOGETHER to tell a story about a PLACE you have visited. Five great stand-alone images will not win the Scholarship (especially if they are all from different places!). They must represent one place you have visited."

I visited a rural area and took the photos of its house, ricefield, river, and local market. Could all the photos counted as one place?


Salmiah, yes that would count as one place.



  rainy_season Jan 4, 2013 1:31 PM


the color calibration has me confused. I switched my macbook pro display to Pro photo RGB (sounded appropriate) and obviously noticed the difference immediately (especially reds). The photos i have uploaded look the way i want them (unedited besides for black and white points) in photoshop and image preview, however they look the way they used to (oversaturated with extra chromatic aberration) in the small file preview window and, most worryingly, in the safari internet browser where my uploads are. Im worried that you will not see my intended shot.......understand my concern?
also, fantastic site.

Blankography, thanks for the heads up. That sounds ok we make allowances for such things and my system is so heavily calibrated I can sense what's happening. We can always request the originals if necessary.



  blankography Jan 5, 2013 11:28 AM


Mr.Jason ...why every time the winning entry show some sad , worried , unhappy circumstances of the subject 2009 it was underprivileged girl, 2011 it was suffering of sulfur labour... is it deliberate to opt for so such gloomy stories ...... dont you encourage happiness , happy people although under privileged ..I hope this time judges think out of the box...

I find the judging panels finalists interesting too but there have been happy stories as well. Keep in mind it's incredibly close so if any story messes up the captions or essay etc they will miss out. You'd be surprised how a front runner loses the game for this error, happy story or not!



  Tandon Jan 5, 2013 6:08 PM


I am working on my essay and was just wondering if it is limited to 1200 characters with or without spaces. If you could let me know so I can submit my application I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your assistance and this wonderful opportunity.

1200 characters including spaces, as measured by the character counter on the application form.

  Carina Levis Jan 7, 2013 12:30 AM


Hi Everyone,

Just one week to go until scholarship entries close - best of luck to you all!

To anyone was unable to see their entry in the applications lists (http://adventures.worldnomads.com/scholarships/?m=8), we are doing a database update today and all valid entries should be visible in the next 12 hours. Please check the list then.


  scholarships Jan 9, 2013 4:41 PM


is it okay to edit the photos that I have taken?

Deasy, In what way do you mean? See the editing guidelines above.


  deasy Jan 9, 2013 4:42 PM


Something is wrong with my submission. I dont see my entry, how come I will know whether I have submitted or not?
This is my journal .

Chinuchyan - It doesn't look like you applied through the application form above. Please use the application form to have a valid entry. - Alicia

  chinuchyan Jan 9, 2013 4:43 PM


please i've tried to upload my picture but i don't see them in my journal. is there a notification that tells you that your application is accepted.

partsofawhole - You haven't uploaded any images yet, you need to sign into your World Nomads Journal and upload your images into your scholarship Photo Gallery.

  partsofawhole Jan 9, 2013 4:44 PM


My pictures were taken in three different neighbouring countries, do I have to strictly attach to one place? The countries share similar cultures, I'm still hesitant. Thank you in advance.

Bastien and Kanak, I'm imagining it would be very difficult to tell the story of a particular 'place' over three countries. Possible to tell the story of a culture but we are looking for 'place'.



  Bastien Jan 9, 2013 4:45 PM


Can I post 5 photos of different locations, or all photos need to be of same city/region?

Bastien and Kanak - Please refer to comments #17 & #23 above.


  Kanak Jan 9, 2013 4:47 PM


Hi Alicia,

Happy new year!

Just wanted to check if there won't be any problem if I've uploaded the photos and write-up last November and tweaked the text (captions / write-up about myself) sometime along the way?

Hope there won't be any issues given that the contest hasn't closed yet.
If there are any concerns, hope you can advise what's the best way to go about it to ensure that the final text is the one that's reviewed.

Thanks and best regards,

Ryandarit - You do need to create a new scholarship entry for this year's opportunity, by applying through the orange "apply now" button above. Last year's entries will not be considered this year.


  ryandayrit Jan 9, 2013 4:48 PM


Hello WorldNomads/Oman Scholarship team,

I'm about to submit my application and have few questions. First I have photography portfolio in a professional web (4ormat) which I pay for it monthly even so I'm not a pro photographer just create it there. does it matter for the judging criteria? also the photos inside are edited and could be something you forbid for this competition (vignette, etc) will my type of other photos troubled me? are you looking for someone who have done same genre of photography? although for this competition I follow each and every rules implied for photographs I submit

look forward to your response

thanks before and best regards,


Hanna, It's no issue that your photos are housed elsewhere as long as you fit the criteria for NOT being a pro photographer. As for the treatment of your images look at the editing guidelines and if you feel your gallery is crossing the line i suggest you do less treatment for the competition. I judge the finalist very strictly on this so forget what is housed elsewhere and make sure your entry fits here.



  Hanna. N Jan 9, 2013 4:49 PM


Hello :)

Just wanted to make sure, is it ok if my travel pictures are captions of the everyday life of the place I visited? Or do they need to be limited to landscapes?

Also, may I please ask, can we include pictures that are taken during night time?

Thank you.

Gelly - Your photos are not limited to landscapes, they can be of anything. They could also be taken at night.


  Gelly Jan 9, 2013 4:51 PM


Hi, I'm about to submit my application which consists of both portrait and landscapes. My portraits hav an interview which is important to the series but consists of approx 200 words. Is it possible to fit this in with the caption?

Thank you

Craig, If the text box allows it feel free to include the interview however please put your caption in first!



  Craig Jan 9, 2013 4:52 PM


I have never been able to buy a camera to to financial constraints, I just rely on a mobile phone camera with a rather below-average resolution. Can I still participate?

Lukas - yes, feel free to apply!

Good luck all,

  Lukas Jan 9, 2013 4:53 PM


Hey there!

I'm having some trouble trying to decide which pictures am I going to upload. Is there a problem if some publicity appear on them?

Fernando, if you are referring to billboards or signs in the image that is fine.



  Fernando Jan 9, 2013 4:54 PM


I am attempting to write a description about my photos, however, it is only letting me write an extremely short description, much shorter than the ones I have seen from the other entries.


nicolecrouchdesigns - You can add/edit longer descriptions after you upload your photos.


  nicolecrouchdesigns Jan 9, 2013 4:55 PM



I just applied to the scholarship. I uploaded my pictures to the gallery and then filled out the form etc. I was struggling to connect that gallery with the application some way. But could not find out. When I signed in again to check, it says I have already applied. I don't see my entry among the others. Just wanted to make sure you have received it.

My second question is, I wrote the essay about myself as well as put captions in the picture. Do I need to write an additional story to go with the picture set?

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Srosh Anwar

You haven't put any pictures into your scholarship gallery. Login & upload your photos into your scholarship photo gallery that was created when you applied. Creating a new photo gallery will not count.

  anwarsrosh Jan 9, 2013 4:55 PM


I have been having difficulties loading my photos. In the mad rush of evacuating my house yesterday from the fires in Australia I wrote a message here but looks like it didn't get through. Incase it hasn't can someone please let me know what format the images should be in to make the upload process go smoothly


  Batouta Jan 9, 2013 4:57 PM


hi, was the permissible character count last year longer than 1200 characters? as I noticed that many, including the winning entry run to approximately 1700 characters. best wishes D

Our requirements for a scholarship generally change from year to year. For this scholarship the character limit is 1200 characters, including spaces, as measured by the character counter on the application form. Do not go over this or you will be disqualified.

  Damien Jan 9, 2013 4:58 PM


Hi Jason, Alicia and team

I love this competition and the way it's being organised! Thanks for giving us this opportunity. Thanks also for the FAQ and this discussion board, which answer most of my questions.

I still had one - I'm just curious about who the judges are (except the two of you!)

All the best

Shaheen, There is a panel of ten judges from World Nomads and National Geographic Channel and then myself as the Primary Judge.



  Shaheen Jan 9, 2013 10:20 PM


Hello :)

can we register and apply in Arabic language ^^ ?

another question please:

when we register with WorldNomads.com .... is it necessary to have twitter account, YouTube\ vimeo and blog\ website ??
in another words ... is it mandatory to fill those blanks when we register ??

Thanks :">

Rose, you will need to register in English.



It is not compulsory to have twitter account, YouTube\vimeo or blog\website, these are optional fields

  Rose Jan 9, 2013 11:07 PM


Hello. I have an exact problem like Srosh Anwar (no.37). I've already uploaded and completed my application but I still can't see it in the entry list.

Same problem, same solution. You haven't put any pictures into your scholarship gallery. Login & upload your photos into your scholarship photo gallery that was created when you applied. Creating a new photo gallery will not count.

  shelterbox Jan 10, 2013 5:24 AM


Yikes. I submitted my form, but when it came to uploading the photos, my browser froze. I exited and now there's no way I can get back into it to re-upload the photos!

Hi tbarrett, just log back into your journal, go to your scholarship photo gallery and upload your remaining photos

  tbarrett Jan 10, 2013 4:28 PM


Hello, my best photos are not the very recent ones, also they are taken with two different digital cameras, and both of these cameras don't work now. I am planning on buying one but it won't be before this trip. If I get this scholarship, will it be ok to come with out one?

SC, That would be fine as equipment forms part of the prize.


  SC Jan 10, 2013 4:38 PM


Hello! I read the part which regards the passport and visa info, but i would like to be sure about the answer... I must have a passport in my hands on the application deadline date or i could pass the procedures and have it until another date before the period of the shcolarship? Thank you in advance..

Antonis, You would need a passport as soon as the winner was announced as we will be booking flights immediately, so may 1-2 weeks after the comp closes.

Alicia will respond to the other entry queries.


  Antonis Jan 10, 2013 10:20 PM


is this travel photo scholarship yearly?..i would be interested to join next year, Godwilling.

Chef Carla, every year so please join the next event.


  Chef Carla Jan 10, 2013 10:50 PM


Is it necessary to applicants joined Basic Photography Workshops in order to join here?

Jason, no that is not necessary to do the courses.


  jason Jan 11, 2013 2:25 AM



Thanks for the video answers, very informative.

Do you advise applying white/black points etc. onto the RAW file or the JPEG?

Do you want the RAW files or the JPEGs?

Benj, do the b&w points on the RAW files and please submit jpegs.


  Benj Jan 11, 2013 3:51 AM


I have uploaded my entry for the Travel Photography scholarship 2012 Oman on Wednesday , 9th January 2013, with a link to my flickr set http://www.flickr.com/photos/nitin29/sets/72157632455035378/. I am able to view my entry but without the photos while others entries are visible with photos!! Have I made any mistake while uploading my application? Please let me know at the earliest.


Nitin Vyas

Your flickr photos are marked as private. You must make them public for us (or anyone) to see them

  nitinv29 Jan 11, 2013 4:24 AM


Is the gallery 'description' meant to be the 1200-character paragraph about why you should be chosen? I changed mine to take about the actual gallery itself after I entered the 1200-character paragraph in the application form. Do I need to re-enter that paragraph as the gallery description?

Cwyatt, the 1200 character essay should NOT be about the pics you have entered! It should be about you as a person etc see #8 in the Judging Criteria.


  cwyatt Jan 11, 2013 9:06 AM


Hi Jason and/or Alicia,
I've applied but can't see my entry on your web page. Just checking if you have received it - it's called Ordinary to Extraordinary and my photographic series is called Etching a living in Siwa Oasis.

You must be flat out... I can see a big infix of entries.

Take Care,


Everyone - you can check your entries in the list:

Note: this page is cached, so new entries may take some time to appear.

  Dahlia Jan 11, 2013 9:49 AM


Looking over you rules of eligibility I was wondering if cinematographers or others who work in the film industry are eligible. I have a friend I want to pass this along to who loves photography and wants to get into photography professionally. He currently works as a freelance camera assistant and cinematographer. Would people like this be eligible?

Laurel, If your friend is making their income from cinematography and NOT photography then yes they would be eligible.



  Laurel Jan 11, 2013 11:00 AM


I wanted to enquire about the resolution and file type for the pics. I saw in the FAQ 72 dpi for resolution a and about 960 for size and Jpegs.

Would you need the RAW files ever? I have selected 5 pics from one of my travels but they are not in RAW format. So if they get selected, I will not be able to give you RAW files for the same - does that matter?
thank you

Shalz 75, in my humble opinion everyone should shoot RAW, you never learn anything shooting jpeg. People complain about storage but storage is cheap these days so... If you were a finalist and we needed to cross-check your files for excessive treatment then we would settle for the untouched jpegs out of the camera but if they were not available then we'd disqualify your entry. Shoot RAW!


  shalz75 Jan 11, 2013 1:27 PM


How long can the captions be for the images? Thanks

Amandasummons, Just a few distinct sentences should suffice. See my blog post on this: http://jasonedwardsphotography.com/blog/2012/12/07/captions-and-metadata-back-ups-for-brain-cells/



  amandasummons Jan 11, 2013 6:15 PM


Guys apologies but I have just realised that I have uploaded in sRGB colour space. Is it possible to reupload the images or will they be ok as it stands?

Many thanks!!

Russ, sRGB is fine.



  Russ Jan 12, 2013 3:42 AM


Hi, i have already submitted 5 photos etc, if I wanted to change my mind and re submit 5 new photos is that possible???? Thanks

Georgina, you can log into your journal & change the images in your scholarship gallery up until the scholarship closes. Make sure it's your existing scholarship gallery - deleting that photo gallery or just creating a new gallery & uploading photos into it will remove you from the competition

  Georgina Bedford Jan 12, 2013 9:32 AM


The 5 pics can depict an event specific to a place. For example a tradition/festival that takes place annually?




  shalz75 Jan 12, 2013 4:04 PM


I'm trying to figure out exactly how to make my journal part of the scholarship. I just joined worldnomads and went to add a new journal, but I'm not sure how you know that it's for the scholarship. Is there a specific link that I'm missing that I need to click to sign up? I know I'm missing something.

Thank you,

Click the big bright orange "Apply now" button above

  Christina Jan 12, 2013 6:36 PM


Hi Jason,

thank you for your helpful reply to my previous question.

I've been tweaking and make sure my submission is precised and how as it should be, until I read the comment/question about shooting in RAW. I don't have RAW files of my photos :( but instead I send all my photos in untouched/unedited jpegs. Just how it looks like how I captured at the first place.

does my submission can still be considered?

thank you again before

  hannanabila Jan 12, 2013 11:29 PM


I have applied all the forms required, i had written about myself also in the ""apply now"" appication, but I cant load photos, although I have received an e mail thanking me for the photos i loaded, although i have not load yet!!! Whats happening?? I an trying to sing in, but I cant!!! Why???

There was a problem with your application. Please login and apply again

  THEOLIAN Jan 13, 2013 7:25 AM


150. Hannanabila, feel free to do a little contrast etc to your jpegs if they need it but otherwise that's all good.



  Jason Jan 13, 2013 12:28 PM


Hi guys

Quick question on the final day! Does the number of views of a submission have any bearing on the judging?


Georg, the number of views or comments has no bearing on the judging.

  Georg Jan 13, 2013 12:40 PM


It says we are expected to use the Canon gear on the assignment. Is that exclusive? Or can we use it plus another system? Having one body for a shoot seems restrictive and my usual travel gear is not Canon-made.

Regardless, I'll work with what I have to but it's good to know what is allowed. If it's Canon-only, maybe I can rent a second body?

Thanks in advance!

Itai – You will be expected to use the Canon gear, however you can use your own personal gear as well.


Itai, A mix of gear is fine.



  Itai Jan 13, 2013 1:41 PM


Hi, my internet cut out in the middle of submitting my scholarship application form. After regaining an internet connection, I went in to my profile and manually updated 5 photos in a gallery which I titled "Photos: My Scholarship entry - A 'place' I have visited - The Peruvian Amazon."

The gallery has been tagged 'travel photography scholarship 2012' but it is not showing up on the applicants page and I have not received any kind of confirmation since submitting the photos. Is there a way that I can confirm that my photos and essay have been submitted in the correct manner?

I am also wondering if I have put the essay in the right place, I've typed it into the "description" field in the photo gallery, even though it does not relate to the set of photos. All the photos are also individually captioned.

Thanks for your help!

lauramco, its fine

  lauramco Jan 13, 2013 5:36 PM


I am wondering, am I allowed to straighten out the line of the horizon in one of my pictures?

Best regards

Eleftheria, yes that's fine to straighten the horizon.


  Eleftheria Jan 13, 2013 6:22 PM


Hi, I recently made a backpacking trip through South America, and i selected 5 photos...however and although they do tell a story, they are not form the same Country! Is this a problem??

Pedro - See comments #17, #23 & #120.


Pedro, if they tell the story of a 'place' you visited eg South America then that's fine, but if the place is not clear I'd look at them again.



  Pedro Pena Jan 13, 2013 11:19 PM


I have a question about the order of the photos displayed in the world nomads gallery.

As the photo submission tells a story about a place, I have set my images up on Flickr in a specific order to best convey this story.

I have uploaded my photos as a link to my flickr account, though when they are displayed on the world nomads journal, they come up in the wrong order (even though they were uploaded in order)

Is this going to be an issue in the judging process? are the images culled straight from looking at the world nomads journal overview? or if the entry is via flickr, are the photographs viewed through there.

I understand it is close to the entry deadline, though i have tried numerous ways to change the order through flickr to no avail. If this will be an issue for the judging process, is there a way to change the order?

Kind thanks and regards in advance,

Jenenna – In front of each photo caption on Flickr, add in the number of the order you would like your photos viewed (#1, #2, etc.)

  jenenna Jan 14, 2013 3:16 AM


Any hints as to where 2013 could bring applicants?

Since I just found your site an hour ago - I think I'm a tad late for Oman :(

WeAreUSPhotography – You’ll just have to stay tuned for next year…we don’t release the destination until applications are open.

  WeAreUS Photography Project Jan 14, 2013 5:27 AM


I have applied for the scholarship a while ago and everything seemed okay. However, when I went back to check on it today four of my pictures won't show, there is a question mark instead. The settings on my Flickr account are public and everything seems to be in place. I have sent an email to scholarships@worldnomads.com. Please help me?

Thank you so much in advance
Warm regards from Mozambique.

avidaebela, Your application says you did not choose to use flickr. You have no photos in your gallery. You must upload your 5 photos into your scholarship gallery on Worldnomads.com

  avidaebela_1248 Jan 14, 2013 5:52 AM


I cant see my application which i sent a few hours ago...is it possible to confirm? I spent 2 weeks on this fulltime ... Would for it to not go through and all i have now is an iphone with super slow internet in some small hotel room of india.... :(


Many thanks!!


its fine

  ravenlost Jan 14, 2013 11:32 AM



The last image I uploaded in my set doesnt seem to load every time, sometimes it appears as a question mark... Just want to make sure that it is visible and that maybe its just my computer.

Please let me know. Thanks


It didn't upload - delete that image & upload it again

  jamielauder Jan 14, 2013 5:18 PM


Hi guys

This isn't a question you need to answer. Just wanted to say thank you for running an amazing contest and an excellent process, down to answering every question and having very detailed guidelines and FAQ. Thanks to the format I've already learnt a lot about myself during the course of preparing my entry. Waiting for Feb 4 with bated breath! I have no doubt that the scholarship itself will be a life-changing experience.

By the way I think I can still edit my gallery but I'm presuming the entries have all been collected. No, I have no further changes to make :)


  sharsidd Jan 14, 2013 9:56 PM


Entries to the Travel Photography Scholarship 2012 are now closed.
Best of luck to everyone that applied!

  Scholarships Jan 15, 2013 3:38 AM


Dear Alicia / Dear Jason,

I simply wanted to mention that its really great to see the way you have been answering all these questions. These answers surely helped me with my entry and i am sure it must be the same for others as well.

Good luck to all.


  harsimran_singh12 Jan 15, 2013 5:14 AM


Hi, same Q 162

The last image I uploaded in my set doesnt seem to load every time, sometimes it appears as a question mark... Just want to make sure that it is sploded... or can i reuploded again now ??? and can i edit in essay also?


hananhosny - I can see all of your pictures fine.


  hananhosny Jan 16, 2013 1:29 AM


hey, i submitted my application with essay, photos and caption on time, i just realized that what i put as my "screen name" was actually meant to be part of the title...
just kind of wanted to clear that up - the reason why "auschwitz" comes up as the screen name for the journal i put in as an application is because the photo series is about that place, not because i have some weird obsession.
could you confirm that my application went through and that this doesn't cause any confusion?

auschwitz - Now worries, your screen names doesn't affect anything.


  auschwitz Jan 16, 2013 5:44 AM


Hey guys, I was just looking through my scholarship entry and I noticed my photos are displaying differently (in terms of colour/contrast) on the site than they do when I look at them in other applications on my computer. I know what you are thinking, and yes, they are all Adobe RGB 1998 and I did work on a calibrated monitor and the colour has been properly corrected and such. Any thoughts? Also, I know you must get hundreds of questions a day so I do apologize in advance. Thanks guys.


  hoffeman Jan 16, 2013 12:32 PM


I posted this question earlier but it seems to have disappeared..
I was uploading my entry from overseas from a dodgy internet connection and im not sure it was uploaded in time, i can see the entry on my profile but have no idea if you guys can see it..

Michael - We have your valid entry here: http://journals.worldnomads.com/michaelwickham/photos/38215/Cuba/The-Taxi-drivers-of-Havana


  michaelwickham Jan 17, 2013 12:44 PM


Hi, How many finalist the scholarship would have? When will we become aware that we are chosen as a finalist. Any private email?

  nima Jan 22, 2013 12:37 AM


may the best person win :)

  zubair112 Feb 3, 2013 9:30 AM


Hi Good day!
where i can the finalists?
Today is Feb 4, 2013.
Any link?

  Andrew Feb 4, 2013 10:10 AM


Hi there!
What time will the winner and finalists be announced? Today is Feb 4 2013!! We are all keen to see the winner!



  Sarah McDonald Feb 4, 2013 11:09 AM


Hi Everyone,

The winner will be announced today - we'll link to the winner's post on this page as soon as it is announced!

Stay tuned...

  scholarships Feb 4, 2013 11:19 AM


The suspense is killing me... GOOD LUCK everybody!!!

  Jean Feb 4, 2013 12:45 PM


I just realised that my pictures don't seem to be working, well at least i can't see them... they were working before i sent them through and all i can see is them having question marks over them... I hope this doesn't jeopardise my chance to win or become a runner up )-:

  kyramartens Feb 4, 2013 1:51 PM


What time today will the winner be annouched?

  Sarah Feb 4, 2013 3:02 PM


Ohhhhh I can't wait!!!!!!!!!

  Anna Feb 4, 2013 3:33 PM


I can't wait either!!! It's 2am in my country and I can't go to sleep till I know!!! Best of luck to everyone!!!

  Vicky Feb 4, 2013 4:02 PM


And the winner of the 2012 Travel Photography Scholarship to Oman is.....


Congratulations to our winner and the shortlist!

We hope to see you all again next year.


  scholarships Feb 4, 2013 4:50 PM


Alicia. I asked Jason if it would be possible to find out the total number of participants. It said I should come and ask you. Very curious, to get an idea as I did make it to the shortlist... :)

Thank you!! Patrick

  Patrick Feb 5, 2013 5:54 PM


I converted of my .CR2 file into .dng. So I have no .CR2 file. Is .dng file eligible as a RAW file?

  Murtaza Ahmed Jun 22, 2013 5:10 PM


I have a question about the entry. I filled the apply form and my pics get added but I don't see my entry in the page of the entries but I also don't know what to do now. I'm on the page after uploading you photos What to do?

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