Here’s your chance to become a National Geographic photographer


posted Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM EST


If you've ever fantasized about going on assignment as a National Geographic photographer, it's now time to act on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. and the National Geographic Channel have a new eight-day scholarship program that will select one lucky amateur photographer to travel to Oman -- located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula -- and work alongside Jason Edwards, a Nat Geo veteran and host of the channel's Pure Photography series.

The application deadline is closing fast: January 14, 2013. And the eight-day trip and mentorship takes place from March 7-16, 2013, so you'll have to be available then.

The assignment sounds pretty amazing and includes a prize of a Canon EOS 6D digital SLR kit with lenses, a flash, and other goodies including a Canon PIXMA Pro-100 printer. Click here to find out if how to apply and if you're eligible -- again, you must be a non-professional photographer -- as well as other important details.

Check out the description of the trip, along with a short video featuring Edwards:

"[E]xplore the historic city of Muscat and drive along the coast to the bubbling fishing village of Seeb. By 4WD, travel to the rugged interior and the splendid forts of Nakhal and Al Hazm, framed by the spectacular Jebel Akhdar Mountains. Continue on to explore the beautiful oasis at Wadi Bani Khaled, before entering the vast Wahiba Sands – where you'll sleep at a rustic desert camp under a blanket of brilliant stars.

The charming oasis of Lisq and the village of Mudaibi, further reveal the local life of Oman, as does a browse of the fabulous souk of ancient Nizwa. Meet the people, learn of their delicate silverware, woodwork and embroidery, and unwind in the cool heights of the Mountain of the Sun, all before a further wander of the wonderful maze of Muscat."

(Thanks Phil!)