Toronto, August 25, 2010 G Adventures, an award-winning adventure travel company committed to changing people’s lives through unique experiences, and World Nomads, a leading global travel safety products and services provider, have announced Mohamed Soliman of Cairo as the winner of the Travel Documentary Scholarship for 2010.
Mohamed emerged victorious from over 178 quality entries submitted for the scholarship from around the globe, including strong entries from Africa, India, Alaska, South America, South East Asia and Papua New Guinea. However, it was Mohamed Soliman's piece on Northern Uganda, which stood out for the judges.
Mohamed's winning video documented the strife in Northern Uganda through the eyes of a teenager - poignantly showing the loss he suffered and the way in which this extraordinary young man is learning to embrace life again.
‘Mohamed's video obviously impressed the judges of the 2010 Travel Documentary Scholarship and it is easy to see why. Mohamed’s entry was extremely moving – and dealt with this heartbreaking story in a very sensitive way,’ said G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip. ‘Through the Travel Documentary Scholarship, I am looking forward to seeing Mohamed continue to develop as a film maker and use his travelling experiences to continue his great work.’
As the winner, Mohamed will work alongside 2010 Travel Documentary Scholarship judge Trent O'Donnell in the Amazon as he films a documentary on sustainable tourism, taking part in a special project with G Adventures, exploring the Amazonian jungle and homestaying with the indigenous Quichua community.
Bruce Poon Tip – G Adventures founder will join the trip, which will see him revisit Ecuador's spectacular Interior and Amazon lowlands. It's been 20 years since the first G Adventures trip was run in the Amazon and alongside Bruce they will gain unique access and insight into the lives of the Quichua community understanding how sustainable tourism has positively impacted their community.
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About G Adventures:
G Adventures is a world leader in the adventure travel industry offering small group adventures on all seven continents and beyond to more than 100,000 global travellers annually. The award-winning trips, which focus on culture, nature and active travel, are ideal for those with a sense of adventure – people who want to leave the beaten path and authentically immerse themselves in a local culture or environment to experience the real world in a sustainable manner. Demonstrating its ongoing cultural, social and economic commitment to responsible tourism, G Adventures established the Planeterra Foundation, as a way the company and its passengers can give back to the communities visited. For more information, please visit www.gadventures.com and www.planeterra.org
About World Nomads:
World Nomads global travel safety products and services to travelers from over 150 countries around the world. From great value travel insurance, travel safety advice, language guides and free online travel journals, WorldNomads.com provides the tools to keep you travelling safely. All clients can donate to a community development project when purchasing travel insurance through the Footprints Charity program. For more information please vist http://www.worldnomads.com
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