Sponsor Post: Expedia Travel Blogger Contest Offers Free Trip & Chance to be a Filmmaker


The Expedia® Viewfinder Film Contest has a few days left! Open to travel bloggers, in partnership with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), one travel blogger will win the chance to bring their blog post to life through film and star in their own travel short video. The winner will travel to one of five pre-selected destinations – each destination an icon of the silver screen –  including Australia, Paris, Morocco, London, and Seattle. The Expedia Viewfinder Film Contest began June 5 and the entry period will close on June 30, 2013.

Seattle view of space needle

Since Expedia launched its “Find Yours” campaign last year at the TBEX blogger conference in Keystone, Colorado, the “Find Yours” stories have illustrated the personal relevance and emotion of travel. The footage is real, unique and told from the viewpoint of individual travelers. This contest challenges travel bloggers to “find their ____” (fill in the blank), post about which of the five destinations would allow them to best do so, and then, for one winner, to bring that experience to film.

To enter the contest:

Step 1: Travel bloggers must write a blog post and publish on their own blog about how they would “find theirs” in one of the locations above if they were chosen as the star of a 2-3 minute film. The judging criteria include incorporation of the contest elements (chosen destination and Find Yours), creativity and the focus or theme of the entry (for example: culture, adventure, food/wine, family-friendly travel, budget-friendly travel, luxury travel, etc.).

Step 2: Bloggers then share their blog post URL on the Expedia Viewfinder  blog, in the comments section.

Step 3: After the entry period closes, a panel of judges will evaluate the entries based upon the above criteria before selecting and announcing the winner in July.

One blogger, along with a NFFTY representative and an assigned NFFTY filmmaker, will win an all-expense paid trip to the winning destination to create a “Find Yours” video.  Official terms & conditions.

We encourage you to enter and look forward to seeing you at TBEX Dublin in October!

Photo credit:  Courtesy of Mary Jo Manzanares

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