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Journey of a Lifetime Award

Are you passionate about radio and podcasting?

Are you excited about finding new ways to tell original stories in sound? And are you itching to explore and understand the world around you? Then we have exciting news for you.

Get details of how to apply to the 2020 Journey of a Lifetime

The deadline is 12th November!

Redzi Bernard, winner of the 2019 Journey of a Lifetime Award

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), in partnership with BBC Radio 4, is offering a £5,000 grant to help you make a journey – near or far – and a radio programme telling the world about it. You will be given BBC training and ongoing support from a BBC documentary producer.

Here's this year’s winner Redzi Bernard. She recreated a journey her mother made in 1968 through the Ethiopian mountains to the holy city of Lalibela.

Redzi Bernard, winner of the 2019 Journey of a Lifetime Award

How To Apply

If this all sounds fun to you – and it should! – you need to get going on your application. Here’s what you need to do:

Make a 60 second audio recording telling us – using just your own voice – about the journey you wish to make. Persuade us! Tell us why you want to make it, why the audience should care and what the story is. You can record this any way you like (smartphone is fine) and submit it as an MP3.

Details of how to apply and some further information can be found here.

The deadline is 12th November. (Only UK based applicants please)

We are looking for brilliant new storytellers with inspiring ideas. We will invite the best applicants to a face-to-face interview at The Royal Geographical Society in London. You do need to be available for this stage of the process, which is likely to take place in January 2020.

More on 2019 winner Redzi Bernard's journey

Listen to Redzi’s programme Mountains, Mules and my Mum

Redzi Bernard is this year's winner of the 'Journey of a Lifetime' travel bursary where the RGS - in conjunction with Radio 4 - awards £5000 to someone with a brilliant idea for a radio adventure.

Redzi recreates a journey her mother made in 1968 through the Ethiopian mountains to the holy city of Lalibela, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World.

She begins in the capital Addis Ababa where her parents met and after night of Ethiopian jazz she hits the road north, avoiding ethnic clashes along the way.

With guides and mules Redzi embarks on an arduous trek into the mountains to find a vertiginous landscape, gelada baboons and children - who've never seen foreigners before - fleeing on sight.

Her destination, Lalibela, is a complex of Ethiopian Orthodox churches all hewn out of a single piece of rock below ground level.

She arrives to find a scene of pilgrimage and devotion unchanged for centuries. Redzi reflects on her own pilgrimage and struggle as well as that of her mother, who is suffering from cancer.

Redzi in Lalibela, a complex of Ethiopian Orthodox churches
Lalibela, is a complex of Ethiopian Orthodox churches all hewn out of a single piece of rock below ground level.

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