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Scott Pearlman Field Awards for Science and Exploration

Announcing the 2018 Scott Pearlman Field Award
for Science and Exploration

The winning candidate will receive a cash award of $10,000 dollars.

Deadline for entries is midnight May 31, 2018. Enter today for the chance to support your proposed expedition and also the opportunity to publish your expedition research in a future issue of The Explorers Journal!*

The Scott Pearlman Field Awards provides grants to artists, writers, filmmakers, still and video photographers, and journalists recommended by a member of The Explorers Club who is also leading the expedition. Samples of the candidates work must be submitted with the completed application, along with two references from individuals familiar with the candidate’s skills, personality, and ability to provide reproduction quality documentation of the specified expedition.

Applications will be carefully considered by the Scott Pearlman Field Awards Committee, who may also confer with professionals in the candidate’s field regarding the merits of the proposals. Applications approved by the Committee then go before the Board of Directors, who alone has the authority to approve the disbursement of funds. Applications will be judged solely on the merit of the proposal, the competence and ability of the candidate, and the appropriateness of the budget. You do not have to be a member of The Explorers Club to qualify for a grant, and there are no age restrictions. Decisions of the Board of Directors will be final.

Recipients of grants are expected to provide a report and samples of their work, including edited video or film, photographic prints, published or unpublished articles, or copies of illustrations and artwork within six months after the expedition returns. These materials will become part of the archives of The Explorers Club. Copyright of the materials will remain with the candidate as artistic, scientific, or intellectual property.

It should be emphasized that grants will be awarded only for those projects with scientific purposes in accordance with the Club’s stated objectives, “to broaden our knowledge of the universe.” Mere travel to remote areas will not be considered. Nor will grants be awarded to existing expedition members to purchase cameras or equipment to document their own efforts. The Scott Pearlman Field Awards are meant to provide scientific expeditions with professional, reproduction quality materials for the publication and dissemination of their work through print and electronic media.

This completed application, samples of the candidate’s work, letters from two peers familiar with the candidates work, and a written recommendation from the Expedition Leader must be received together for consideration. No application will be considered without a signed liability waiver. Awards will be announced on a timely basis after committee review and Board approval. The deadline for the 2018 Scott Pearlman Award is midnight May 31, 2018.

For more information, please contact executive director Will Roseman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Please submit all applications to:

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Scott Pearlman was a photographer and a member of three flag expeditions. One of the youngest members of The Explorers Club at the age of 22, he backpacked with his camera across Australia, Africa, South America, and Europe until contracting Hepatitis C. He died of liver failure at the age of 38, still looking for the perfect picture.

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