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Explorer's Grant

Applications for 2019 Now In Review

Calling all Creative Visionaries, Storytellers and Pioneers!

If you’re an Australian photographer or filmmaker with a deserving story to tell, problem to solve or positive impact to make, either locally or globally, the CameraPro Explorer’s Grant is your chance to make it happen and make it known.

Established by CameraPro in 2018, the Explorer’s Grant is designed to support change-making initiatives and raise awareness of them through photography/video.

Three successful 2019 applicants will receive a total of $25,000 in funding ($10,000 for travel and production, $10,000 to donate to causes and $5,000 for promotion).

Last year’s Explorer’s Grant has helped to support and promote these remarkable initiatives:

  • Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre – a refugee-led school in Indonesia teaching 1,500 refugee children from Afghanistan unable to attend local schools
  • Meet the Ocean – an educational non-profit using virtual reality to inspire/teach the public about marine conservation and rehabilitate kids in hospital
  • Rafiki Africa Ministries, Buwooya Mission School, EthiopiAid and Action Ethiopia – locally run Ugandan and Ethiopian aid organisations assisting disadvantaged children, women and local farmers
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 “So grateful to CameraPro who funded this trip to be able to tell the stories of small organisations who often don’t have the resources to be able to tell their story to an international audience” 
Marcus Wong (filmmaker, graphic designer & 2018 Explorer’s Grant recipient)


Explorer's Grant The Brief
The Cause

A focus on communities, businesses or entreprenuers making a positive, social or environmental impact locally or globally.

The Angle

It's about providing both financial support and exposure to a project. We are not only wanting to support the cause, but also give the financial backing to document the story.

The Format

Video and photograhy to document the story, providing context and displaying the impact in the community.


Grant Criteria

What?

CameraPro created The Explorer's Grant to aid Australian storytellers in gaining exposure and support for their cause through photography and videography. The project can last up to 6 months with a focus on communities, business or entrepreneurs making a positive social or environmental impact locally or globally. We are looking for creativity that has impact and a strong reach. (See below for full criteria.)

CameraPro currently collaborates with organisations whose mission aligns with our values. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to get involved in and we want to help you make the world better.


The types of projects supported include:

  • Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre – a refugee-led school in Indonesia teaching 1,500 refugee children from Afghanistan unable to attend local schools
  • Meet the Ocean – an educational non-profit using virtual reality to inspire/teach the public about marine conservation and rehabilitate kids in hospital
  • Rafiki Africa Ministries, Buwooya Mission SchoolEthiopiAid and Action Ethiopia – locally run Ugandan and Ethiopian aid organisations assisting disadvantaged children, women and local farmers

Funding

For the 2019 Explorer’s Grant, we've pledged to support three projects/causes with a total of $25,000 in funding:

  • $10,000 for travel and production

  • $10,000 to donate to causes

  • $5,000 for promotion of your project with CameraPro

Please nominate in your application form which funding amount you wish to apply for.


Who Can Apply?

We're inviting grant applications from Australian residents who want to educate society and provide support to their cause through photography and videography. Please apply if you consider yourself any of the following:

  • Humanitarian

  • Environmentalist

  • Storyteller

  • Narrator

  • Innovator

  • Pioneer

  • Developer

  • Groundbreaker

  • Trailblazer

  • Pathfinder

  • Progressivist

  • Experimenter

  • Inventor/Creator


When?

Applications for 2019 are now closed and in review.

The application period commences on 1st July 2019 and closes at 11.59PM AEST on 30th September 2019.


How?

  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions.
  • Complete our application requirements.

    Original content creation is a must. Provide up to 10 original images and an original video (up to 2 minutes long) that showcases your storytelling capabilities through your creation and production. Content can be previously created content if you don't have any content on your proposal project. 

  • Successful applicants will have 6 months to document their project with milestone updates being presented in a project plan. 
  • For successful applicants: On completion of your project we will help facilitate a group presentation, with potential for an exhibition and/or roadshow to help gain exposure for your project.  


Explorer's Grant Project Criteria
Remoteness

The project must involve travelling and working with a relatively unknown community.

Impact

The project must showcase the problem being faced and recommend a use for the available funds.

Funding

$10,000 for travel and production
$10,000 cash for the cause
$5,000 partnership and promotion



2018 Explorer's Grant Recipients
Jimmy White

Jimmy has dedicated his life to understanding and conserving the natural world. He followed his passion, which was to explore the wilderness areas of our planet and understand the animals that live there. After you have seen the things around you, the next step is always to go a little further. Before he knew it his life was one big adventure. 

Jimmy's PhD work examined the role of marine protected areas plan in the conservation of shark species. 

Jolyon Hoff

Jolyon is an Australian filmmaker who's fascinated by subcultures, identity and community. Five years ago Jolyon went to meet a refugee in Indonesia. Almost immediately he met Muzafar and Khadim and their friendship changed all their lives. They still work with each other every day, bringing Australians and refugees together.

Marcus Wong

Marcus is 20 years old, and is a photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer based in Perth, WA. He believes that communication starts conversation, and conversation sparks change. Marcus volunteered in Uganda, Africa at an orphanage for 3 months, and grew to love working with children and telling their stories. His hope is to bridge the gap between third world countries and Australia by telling the stories of people in Africa through filmmaking and photography. Read more about Marcus and his Grant-winning project.


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