Young Travel Writer

You could go ‘on assignment’ with The West’s Travel team

About the competition

Share your travel experience for your chance to go ‘on assignment’ to Australia’s Coral Coast

Stephen Scourfield at Paradise Harbour. On National Geographic Explorer with Lindblad.
Picture: Supplied

“We ran our first Young Travel Writer competition in 2009.

The prize is not a holiday … but the chance for two talented youngsters to travel on assignment with a highly experienced travel writer, photographer and videographer, to be coached, and to have their work published across Seven West Media WA’s many platforms.

Over the years we have been running this successful, grassroots project, many youngsters have benefited — and many stay in touch and some still write for us.

This year, the two winners will join staff travel writer and photographer Mogens Johansen on assignment in Australia’s Coral Coast. Mogens has had a distinguished career. He is an excellent writer, photographer, videographer, photo & video editor, digital publisher and photography teacher.”

Stephen Scourfield, Travel Editor

This competition closes on March 20.

Sunset. Pot Alley Gorge, Kalbarri. Picture: Stephen Scourfield The West Australian


Enter our Young Travel Writer competition for your chance to win great prizes!

Ten finalists will win:

  • $100 cash prize
  • An exclusive workshop with The West’s Travel team to learn more about travel writing and photography.
  • The chance to have an extract of their entry published in a special edition of The West Australian’s Travel section in April.

Two winners will:

  • Go ‘on assignment’ to Australia’s Coral Coast with The West’s Travel staff. The winners will fly to Geraldton and then drive on to Kalbarri, with a lot of activities, learning and research along the way. They will work on stories, photographs and videos and fly back to Perth after three days and two nights away.
  • Have their travel story published in The West’s Travel section in May.

Assignment highlights:

  • Fly to Geraldton and explore the town visiting HMAS Sydney II Memorial, WA Museum of Geraldton, Horizon: Public Art piece, the city of Geraldton’s newest #Instaworthy location. Discover art from Aboriginal artists living in the region of Yamaji Country at Yamaji Art Centre.
  • Drive to Oakabella Homestead and learn its story from the 1850’s to present day.
  • Stop at Pink Lake at Hutt Lagoon and go for a buggy tour at Port Gregory.
  • Stay for two nights in your own room in comfort in Kalbarri. All meals are included.
  • Visit the gorges of Kalbarri National Park, including the famous Nature’s Window, The Loop, Z Bend, Hawkes Head and Ross Graham, Red Bluff and Pot Alley. The newest addition to the lookout options is the Kalbarri Skywalk, soon to become a major drawcard.
  • Find a story at Rainbow Jungle – The Australian Parrot Breeding Centre.
  • Fly over Kalbarri’s coastal cliffs and then out over the Abrolhos Islands on a special flight in a light aircraft.
  • Fly home from Geraldton.

How To Enter

It’s easy to enter!

  • Submit a 300-400 word story about your local, interstate or overseas travel experience or destination. (We’re not worried about where it is — it’s the writing that counts.)
  • Include a title for your story, eg. The Point of the Pinnacles.
  • Attach two of your own photographs of the destination (jpeg, minimum 1MB).
  • Write a caption for each photograph.
  • Include your name, year level, school, teacher’s name, and contact details.

For Students

Have a look at the student notes!
Early morning at Elizabeth Quay Huawei wide Pic Mogens Johansen

For Teachers

The Young Travel Writer competition is suitable for Year 7-12 students, and links to the WA Curriculum: English, HASS and Media Arts.

Competition Rules

  • Entries close Friday March 20
  • Entry is FREE.
  • Entry is open to Year 7-12 students in WA schools.
  • Entries must be the student’s own original work.
  • No joint entries will be accepted.
  • Images included with your entry must be scanned as an image file, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif (PDFs cannot be accepted) and uploaded via this website. No alternate methods of entry will be accepted.
    • Convert your PDF here.
  • Images must be a minimum resolution of 300dpi / 1 MB.
  • Image file names must be in the following format:
    • eg BunburyPS-Yr5-RobertSmith.jpg


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