Nat Geo WILD plots Wild to Inspire film competition
Michelle Clancy
| 04 November 2014
Nat Geo WILD, in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), has announced the second annual Wild to Inspire filmmaking competition.

The competition winner will get the opportunity to travel to Africa and document wildlife for Nat Geo WILD viewers, sharing their wildlife adventure through a variety of media, including video diaries, photos, social media and more, as part of an online companion to Nat Geo WILD's signature Sunday night nature series, Destination Wild.

The competition will accept submissions on Vimeo until 16 January. Last year, more than 300 submissions were entered, covering a wide array of wildlife topics, including grizzly bear conservation, the life of a beekeeper and even a skunk rescue operation.

This year, participants are asked to submit a short film of less than five minutes showcasing their own version of Destination Wild. featuring feature wildlife stories and moments from the entrants' own lives, whether on their travels or in their own backyards.

"We were blown away by the submissions we received in year one," said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. "It's clear that our viewers are just as passionate about documenting the wild world around them as we are and we can't wait to be transported through their work."

The top three finalists will be announced by 1 February and invited to the Sun Valley Film Festival in March 2015 to screen their film for festival attendees, a panel of judges and Nat Geo WILD executives.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership, as it brings very talented filmmakers to landscapes we work to capture wildlife we work every day to protect," said Craig Sholley, vice president of philanthropy and marketing for African Wildlife Foundation. "Africa is changing rapidly. We need these talents to capture and convey to viewers around the world how precious and fragile our natural world is and how important it is to keep protecting it."