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Calling All Cameras! August 25, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Nature.

Contest Submissions:  Accepted through September 9, 2013.

Eligibility:  Open to ALL photographers (18 years of age or older) regardless of residence or citizenship, if the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.

Complete Contest Rules: Nature in Focus at the Nature Conservancy

Quote: People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours. ~ Ken Hakuta

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ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY (via Sandra Bell Kirchman):

Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Travel Writer? Would You Like to Get Paid to Travel the World and Tell Others About Your Experiences?

Great Escape Publishing and International Living are hosting open auditions for anyone interested in giving this opportunity a try—no experience necessary.

For Details:  Open Audition ~ Travel Writers Wanted


1. granny1947 - August 25, 2013

I think I shall just pop over and have a look. Thank you!

nrhatch - August 25, 2013

Yay! No cost to enter. And you can submit one photo per day from now until 9/9.

2. Sandra Bell Kirchman - August 25, 2013

That looks like fun, actually. Hubby and I have long been avid supporters of the Nature Conservancy and the good work they do for the preservation of the land and the wild animals living there.

In a somewhat similar vein as a contest, would you be open to receiving a travel writer’s opportunity for publishing on your site? It is free and open to anyone who loves to travel and thinks they can write about it.

I have the guidelines and will post them on my blog, but yours has so much traffic that the audition information has a greater chance of reaching someone who could really use this opportunity. You can reply to me at my email addy (raya at fantasyfic dot com). I would have emailed this request but wasn’t sure what your address was and time is important here. Deadline is August 30.

nrhatch - August 25, 2013

Sure. Just pop back here with a link to your post or to the contest criteria and I’ll share the info here. Thanks!

Sandra Bell Kirchman - August 25, 2013

I haven’t written my post yet – have another deadline claiming my time. This information came as an email, so I’ve copied it below. AWAI stands for American Writers and Artists Inc. They offer mostly copywriting courses, and I have been studying with them for a couple of years now.

Here is the email that Katie of AWAI sent me:

Dear Sandra,

Calling all writers who like to travel…

Great Escape Publishing is hosting open auditions on August 30 for anyone interested in writing travel articles in exchange for complimentary trips, hotel upgrades, on-the-house meals, vacation packages and more.

For more details, go here.

A good candidate is someone who is opinionated and persuasive… Someone who is comfortable getting lost when they travel… Someone who likes to try new things and meet new people… And someone who is willing — even eager — to travel without relying on a pre-packaged trip or tour.

If this is you, you DON’T need a resume or any formal degrees or training.

All you need for the audition is pen and paper on this date — Friday, August 30, 2013.

RSVP here if you’re interested and on August 30 Lori Allen, the Director of Great Escape Publishing, will send you a brief 20-minute video explaining the audition process, what’s expected of you should you decide to audition, how travel writing works, how writers get paid to travel and more.

I hope you’ll give it a try.

— Katie

Katie Yeakle
Executive Director, AWAI

P.S. Auditions are limited. To RSVP and request an invite, go here.

Do you know of someone who would benefit from reading this message? Click here to forward this email to a friend.

Thanks, Nancy.

nrhatch - August 25, 2013

Thanks, Sandra. I added a blurb to the bottom of this post for anyone interested in auditioning.

3. cecilia - August 25, 2013

lovely idea, but i seldom get to see the real wild life here.. and travel writing! Oh i would love to be a travel writer but who would milk the cow! have a lovely day nancy! c

nrhatch - August 25, 2013

Yes . . . but I was thinking about the gorgeous photography you shared during your recent wedding trip. I could definitely see one of those images on the cover of the calendar.


Until you figure out how to clone yourself, travel writing is probably NOT in the cards. 😉

4. Grannymar - August 25, 2013

Great competition. Thank you Nancy for nudging me towards it, but I would feel really out of my depth. I passed the link on to more talented photographers.

nrhatch - August 25, 2013

I think I am going to dig out a photo or two to submit. I don’t see any downside to tossing my hat/shot into the ring.

5. CMSmith - August 25, 2013

Thanks Nancy. It does look like fun, but I am sitting here trying to dig my self out of emails, blog responses, and blogs to visit. The 365 project has sent me on a tangent. Keep posting these things though. Someday I hope to take advantage.

nrhatch - August 25, 2013

The submission page seems straightforward . . . just upload a shot of suitable resolution from your PC.

So easy even a “caveman” could do it. 😀

6. jannatwrites - August 25, 2013

The photo contest looks fun. If the right photo comes up I might submit. Travel writing is definitely not in my near future. With the kiddos’ scouts and sports, it’s not for me…plus, I kind of like staying close to home 🙂

nrhatch - August 26, 2013

I’m with you on the Travel Writing . . . unless it involves FREE food close to home. You, know, local travel. 😉

I plan to scroll through some photos to submit to the contest. It would be a real kick to see a “known photo” on the cover of the Nature Conservancy calendar.

7. sufilight - August 26, 2013

Sounds like fun! It’s perfect for you and Debra (Three Well Beings) as you both take good photos from what I have seen in your posts. 🙂

nrhatch - August 26, 2013

Thanks, Marie. Photography is a great way to “really see” what’s there to be seen. I notice things more with camera in hand.

8. theonlycin - August 26, 2013

Travel writer? What a dreamy job. Aaaaah, but who would feed the cat? Will think about the photographic comp though. 🙂

nrhatch - August 26, 2013

I get the sense that it’s NOT a full time position. It’s free-lance with people traveling as much or as little as they wish while receiving “freebies” in exchange for their descriptive words. But Tigger talked me out of it too. 😉

The photo contest is a great excuse to peruse fave shots and consider whether they have a shot at becoming the featured shot.

9. Pix Under the Oaks - August 26, 2013

I am going to take a peek at the picture takin’ challenge but I seem to have lost my picture takin’ mojo.. 🙂

nrhatch - August 26, 2013

Oh, no! No photo mojo? . . . tell me it’s not so. :mrgreen:

I didn’t study all the rules, but I don’t think it has to be a brand new shot . . . you can peruse shots you’ve already got . . . and give one of them a shot at being the cover shot.

10. bluebee - August 27, 2013

Thanks, Nancy! Love the Ken Hakuta quote.

nrhatch - August 27, 2013

It’s a good fit for shutter bugs, isn’t it? I submitted a photo yesterday. One per day is allowed.

11. Three Well Beings - August 28, 2013

I’d love to submit a photo, just to participate! I have one in mind…thank you. It’s fun just thinking of my photo spending time on the same desk with all the professional photos. 🙂 You never know until you try!

nrhatch - August 28, 2013

Yay! That’s the Spirit!

The Upside ~ it gives us an excuse to review and revisit photos we’ve taken to find the best ones to submit.

The Downside ~ none, except the time we spend to review photos which (if we enjoying ourselves) will not be wasted time.

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