Lonely Planet Writer

My Journey video contest

goldengateTo commemorate the relesase of Lonely Planet's new pictorial, The USA Book: A Journey Through America, we've launched a travel video contest on YouTube to get a chance to experience the US through your eyes.

Whether it's the world's the best place to watch the sunset, where to eat barbecue in your home town, or if you simply want to share a recent American travel experience, Lonely Planet wants to see it.

The competition is divided into the following 5 categories:

  • No Place Like Home: Tell us about your neighborhood, hometown, favorite spot
  • The Great Outdoors: Show us where you enjoy nature
  • Encounters: Showcase the great people you have encountered on your journeys
  • Cities: Top cosmopolitan destinations
  • Best Kept Secrets: Your favorite unknown travel spots

Prizes will be awarded by category, and an overall grand prize that includes a trip to San Francisco and an oppotunity to shoot a travel video for Lonely Planet will go to the best of the best.

To enter the competition, an original new video must be submitted at www.youtube.com/lonelyplanet by October 25, 2009. The maximum length of an entry into a category cannot be greater than 3 minutes and only one entry per person per category is permitted; the competition is only open to US residents. 5 finalists will be selected by an expert panel including Lonely Planet US Travel Editor Robert Reid; voting for the Grand Prize winner will be opened up to the community on YouTube. For the full details and official rules click here.

All right American travel buffs, let's have a look at your USA!

[Photo: Golden Gate Bridge by Anirudh Koul]