Calling all intrepid scribes of the future

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Niall McIlroyThe West Australian
Lake Argyle in the stunning, late afternoon light.
Camera IconLake Argyle in the stunning, late afternoon light. Credit: Mogens Johansen

There’s a travel workshop and a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS digital compact camera for the 10 finalists in our prestigious Young Travel Writer competition.

The deadline’s looming in our Young Travel Writer 2016 competition so get your entries in for the chance to go on assignment to the breathtaking Kimberley.

This is the eighth year we have run the competition, which is open to young people in Years 7-12.

The judges will consider all entries and 10 finalists will be invited to our finalists’ day at Kings Park and Botanic Garden on July 22.

Our full-time Travel staff will talk about travel writing and photography and we’ll all learn more about the amazing work at Kings Park.

Each finalist will receive a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS digital compact camera, thanks to Canon Australia and Camera Electronic.

Two overall Young Travel Writer winners will then be invited to join Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield, columnist and assistant Jan Bromilow and Australia’s North West chief executive Glen Chidlow on assignment in the East Kimberley from August 24-26, thanks to Australia’s North West tourism.

We will fly from Perth to Kununurra, explore the East Kimberley a little, stay in comfort in private rooms, work on stories, photographs and videos and fly back to Perth after three days and two nights away. The young writers’ work will be published in these pages and through Seven West Media’s many digital platforms.

To enter, students should:

Submit an original story of 300-400 words about a local, interstate or overseas travel experience or destination.

Include a title for the story.

Attach two separate jpeg files of their own original photographs of the destination.

Write a caption for each photograph in their email.

Include their name, year level, school, teacher’s name, school phone number.

The contest closes: Noon, Friday, June 24.


Enter at, where there are full rules and conditions.

And click on Student Notes for tutorials and tips by Stephen Scourfield.

Thanks to our friends and sponsors:

Australia’s North West tourism:

Camera Electronic, Stirling Street, Northbridge:

Canon Australia:

Kings Park and Botanic Garden:

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