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Travel Photography Scholarships 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open14-Dec-2016
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What is Travel Photography Scholarships 2017?

Each year world nomads offer Travel Photography Scholarships to turn the passion of the candidates into a profession. Applicants will have to shoot minimum 5 images and craft a story in about 1500 words regarding the same image. Winners will receive a 10 day trip to Japan, airfare, travel insurance, etc. Anyone who is interested in photography can apply but it is restricted to those persons who are getting more than 25 % of their income as photography profession.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • Applicants must be or more than 18 years of age at the time of apply.
  • Applicants must have a passion for photography.
  • The subject and perspective should be unique.
  • Must have a compelling story.

How can you apply ?

The application can be done online with following steps:

Step 1: Click on the link.

Step 2: Read all the details given there.

Step 3: Scroll down to click on "Apply now" button

Step 4: You will land up to this page.

Step 5: Enter your name, DoB and country name.

Step 6: Your blog/website address, twitter or instagram address (if any).

Step 7: Write the SOP in about 1500 words.

Step 8: Submit the photos clicked by you along with the captions.

Step 9: Check to agree with the terms and conditions.


Q. How old do I need to be to be eligible for the scholarship?
You need to be over 18 at the time of the application deadline (before December 14, 2016).

Q. Am I considered a professional photographer?
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 who they feel will most benefit from the learning opportunity. So, if you currently make more than 25% of your income from ANY 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.

Q. I speak very little English. Will this be a problem?
English does not have to be your first language, but you do need to have conversational English for this scholarship. In order for you to get the most of the mentorship you will need to be able to understand and converse with your mentor, Richard, on the trip.

Q. Do I need a current passport? What about visa requirements?
You need a current passport with at least eight months left before expiry. We'll assist the winner in acquiring a visa and reimburse all associated costs, however the applicant must be eligible to obtain a Japanese visa.

Q. I am Japanese. Can I apply for this scholarship?
Yes, of course our friends from Japan are eligible too!

Q. Can I enter more than once?
No, you can only submit one application.

Q. Can a pair or team submit an application?
No, each photoessay must be submitted by an individual photographer.

Q. Do photos need to be taken with somewhat professional-grade camera equipment?
Camera equipment does not matter at all! Submit what you think works best as it's all about the image! Have a look at the winning photographs of our previous photography scholarships and see how your photos compare.

Q. Do the photos have to be from a singular event / place / time?
The images do not need to be sequential from an event, and yes they can be a combined over a period of time. However, please remember 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.

Q. What do I need to include in the captions?
You do not need to write an entire story, just give the photos context and a bit of background. 1-3 sentences for each caption should suffice. You MUST include a caption for each image (see the Judging Criteria below). DO NOT use the Essay to tell us about your images! Images that do not have a caption will receive a score of zero for this component.

Q. What do I need to include in the essay?
The Essay is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, it's the easiest part of the competition! Tell us about YOU, what you hope to gain from the experience and what you hope to contribute back to the greater community through your photography. If you like even tell us why you think you should win but really this is about us learning about you and your photography. DO NOT use the essay to tell us about the images in your application, that is what the Captions are for. If you use the Essay to tell us about your entry you will be penalized! See the Judging Process below.

Q. How long does the essay need to be?
The Essay should be no longer than 1500 characters. Yes, that's characters not words. You will not be able to submit your application form if your essay is any longer than this.

Q. Is it acceptable to enter an image that was shot in color but converted to black and white?
Yes it is acceptable to convert a color digital file to black and white but process the image carefully as over-treated black and white is as unacceptable to us as over-treated color. It will not negatively affect the chances of an image winning.

Q. What resolution do you recommend for my photos?
We suggest a resolution of 72 ppi/dpi and a pixel length of at least 960 pixels of the longest length of the image. The file size of each photo must not exceed 1MB.

Q. Are HDR images acceptable?
No, we do not accept images created using HDR techniques. In addition, compositing and multiple exposures are not allowed. Sandwich shots, double exposures, photographs which consist in any way of more than one separate image and images that have been digitally manipulated are not eligible.

Q. Do I have to submit RAW files?
For the shortlisted entries, we will be asking for your RAW files to compare with your submitted files. If you did not originally save your images as RAW files, or no longer have them, an untouched JPEG file would suffice - but only if it was not processed.

Q. Can I submit pictures that I've submitted for other photo contests?
Yes, you can. Provided you still have the rights to use the image.

Q. Where can I find winning photo essays from previous Travel Photography Scholarships?
Take a look at the links on the bottom of our opportunity page for information of previous winning and shortlisted applications.

Please read this carefully before submitting your application for the best chance of success.

  1. The judging panel will be looking for a series of images that:
    • Are clearly considered
    • Well executed
    • Work together to tell a compelling story
  2. The images should:
    • Reflect your unique perspective on your chosen place and subject
    • What is it about this story that caught your attention? What makes your story original?
    • Be technically proficient
    • The subject should be sharp, unless deliberately blurred for effect, and correctly exposed to convey the mood, quality, and feel of the story.
    • Be creatively composed
    • Compose for impact making sure there is a clear point of interest and that all the elements in the photograph are considered in relation to this.
    • Use light to enhance the subject and composition
    • The color, quality, and direction of the light should enhance your subject and focus the viewer’s attention on the point of interest.
    • Be un-adulterated
    • We want to see a true representation of the images that you captured in the field. So keep your digital adjustments to the absolute minimum - we can and will be able to see through any unnecessary enhancements. Bear in mind also that we will also ask for your original RAW files should you be chosen as a finalist, and you will be penalized for excessive changes to your original images.
  3. You will also be judged on your:
    • Photo captions
    • Make sure that each image has a caption that provides some information about the frame. The captions for your photo essay should tell the viewer a story when strung together.
    • Personal essay
    • Tell us what winning this scholarship would mean to you and why we should choose you. You must be eager to learn and convey what you hope to get out of the mentorship experience.

Q. What are the trip dates?
The scholarship trip will commence on February 10 and end on February 20, 2017. The winner must be available for the full duration of the scholarship and allow between 1-2 days on either end of the scholarship dates to travel to and from Japan.

Q. What will I have to produce from my trip?
You will work through a specific shot list of 100 photos that will be commissioned by the scholarship partners as part of your assignment.
On your return you will work with Richard I'Anson through the editorial process to shortlist your top photographs and color balance to achieve professional looking shots.

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

Q. Are the trip dates final or could they be altered a little?
Yes, these dates are final.

Q. What will the mentorship entail?
Everyday you will work alongside Richard I'Anson to 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 a travel photographer and Canon Master.

Q. Will I need to bring my own gear? If so, what gear do I need to bring?
Yes, you will need to bring your own gear. DSLRs are preferable, point-and-shoot cameras and iPhones are less preferable - simply because you are limited in what you can do with them. However, if you are able to demonstrate you have an excellent eye for a story and an excellent grasp of visual language, we will look past gear limitations.

Q. Can I bring a travel companion or my partner along for the trip?
Only the winner will be allowed on assignment. Should the winner wish to extend their stay in Japan after the assignment, this can be discussed.

Q. Is there any other way to get into the program besides the scholarship? Can I pay for my room & board myself and take part in the program?
No, unfortunately, you cannot pay your way onto this trip.

Q. Help! I have a problem submitting my application. Can I email my application to you?
No, you cannot email your application to us. All entrants need to fill the application page and submit their applications via our website.
If you have encountered any specific issues please contact us at

Q. I'm not sure if my application was submitted correctly. How do I check this?
If your application is complete, you will automatically receive an email confirmation. You can also see your submission in the list here along with everyone else's applications.

Q. Can I edit my application once submitted?
No, you cannot change or edit your application in any way once it has been submitted. Please check, and double-check your application before you hit the 'Submit' button.

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