Update: Unfortunately, we will not be able to do this scholarship opportunity for the 2022 school year. Thank you to everyone who participated in the past. We loved hearing your stories and seeing your photos!

Scholarship Contest Details

Take a photo from a vacation and write the destination, how you got there, and any tricks you used to save money (Any way you save money traveling counts, this can be carpooling, finding a great deal on a hotel or Air BnB, staying with friends or family, using credit card reward points or any other money-saving tricks you’ve tried!) Our favorites will be featured on the site and the winner will receive a $500 scholarship!

*Any vacation photo taken in the last two years is eligible. Although all photographs taken from any advice are eligible, we are mainly looking for pictures that showcase a scene at a destination. So selfies and pictures that are heavily filtered are unlikely to win or be featured.

This scholarship is open to candidates from the U.S. only. Please keep in mind that because we receive so many applications, we are not able to respond to each and every submission and will not do so unless your entry is featured on the site or you are the winner of the scholarship.


Scholarship Eligibility

This scholarship is open to candidates from the U.S. only. To qualify, you must be a current student or planning to enroll in higher education for the Fall semester:

  • Graduating high school senior with college acceptance
  • Current undergraduate student
  • Current graduate student


Please email your photo and information to JJTravelScholarships@gmail.com and include the following information:

  • Name
  • School you’re attending/have been accepted to attend
  • Major/planned major
  • Expected graduation date
  • Phone number
  • Email address


Scholarship Deadline

All entries for the Fall scholarship must be sent in by August 1st, 2021.

Sample Entry


Place: Chantemerle-lès-Grignan, Rhone-Alpes, France. Taken March 3rd 2019.

Trip Savings: I used my extra Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card to get a free flight.


*Remember, you don’t need to fly across the globe or visit a castle to have a great vacation. Entries will be judged on the aesthetic of the photo and how helpful the money-saving tips are. There are plenty of places around the US that we’d love to see!


Privacy Policy

All of the student applicants’ information will be kept confidential. The only information that will be released is the name of the winner and which school they are attending along with their contest photo.


Previous Winners

Fall 2021

Our winner for the Fall 2021 contest is Barbara Nielson, an Organizational Management major from Arizona State University. Here is her photo from Antelope Island in Utah.


You can view the full-size image here

Place: I took this photo at Antelope Island in Utah. I spent the entire day driving around the park trying to get the perfect photo. It was after the park closed when I took this photo and shortly after a park ranger kicked me out.

Trip Savings:
As a student, when I travel I try to stretch my dollar as much as possible. The key for me is to not give in to temptation and eat out for every meal. At the beginning of my trip, I will go and get supplies to make sandwiches for my lunches and pasta for dinner. I also personally use the Amex Delta SkyMiles card to book my flights, which has saved me thousands of dollars in airline costs. If I cannot find a good deal on a rental car I will utilize public transportation.


Fall 2020

Our winner for the Fall 2020 contest is Tristan White, a Computer Science major from the University of Virginia. Here is his photo from Valencia, Spain.


You can view the full-sized version of the photo here.

Place: “I took this picture on Thanksgiving Day, 2019, from the top of Valencia Cathedral in Valencia, Spain. I arrived late and almost didn’t get admission to the Cathedral’s stairs. So glad I did go late though because when I arrived at the top the sky was going CRAZY.”

Trip Savings:

When I studied for a semester in Valencia, I couldn’t believe how cheap some of the flights were (my ticket from Stockholm to Prague was $12!!). The secret is using Google Flights (or better yet, Skyscanner.com or Kiwi.com) and setting the search criteria destination to “any”. If you don’t have a particular destination in mind, you can find amazing prices! And if you live in Spain, download the App “Airhopping”. The airfare prices you can find there are unbeatable.
In every city I went to in Europe, there were free walking tours. I’ve done paid tours that were fine, but personally I’ve found the free ones to be just as good. Make sure you check to see if there’s a free walking tour in a city before paying for one.
Hostel World’s website and App is fantastic! Wish I knew about it sooner. Many places have free breakfasts, and I even found some places with free dinners as well! Food gets expensive when traveling, so I really appreciated these meals.


Fall 2019

Our first winner of the scholarship contest is Josh McCormick, an IT and Networking major from Chippewa Valley Technical College, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! Here is his photo from Antelope Canyon:


You can view a full-sized version of the photo here.

Place: Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona. Taken March 19, 2019

Trip Savings: We were on a very tight budget so saving as much money was essential for our trip. We cut down costs by bringing a cooler full of snacks and meals to limit eating out. We cashed in our reward points from our Capital One Venture card and we also used promotional deals on booking.com to save on hotel costs and spent 2 nights sleeping in the car. We also used the mobile app “GasBuddy” to find the cheapest gas prices in the area to fill up.

Runners Up

Another example of a great entry is from LeAnne Farmer, a PhD student from Grand Canyon University! Her photo is from a trip to Colorado:


You can view the full-size image here.


Place:  Mosquito Pass, Rocky Mountains, CO. Taken July 28, 2019

Trip Savings:

This photo was taken on our recent trip to Colorado. In choosing from 1,600 pictures of incredible sites from this trip, I chose this one because it represents more of what travel is to me. It is not always about the destination, but the journey. To me, it is taking in the little things along the way, and enjoying the road less traveled.

For this trip, we used our Southwest card with the companion pass. I had $100 credit from a previously delayed flight and I keep tabs on Southwest’s deals, so when they had a sale, we jumped on it, resulting in a round trip total for both of us of $72. Of course, flexibility on days of travel is important so I compared rates for different dates and times. Because Southwest does 2 free checked bags, we loaded one with food so we would only have to eat out once a day. Camping gear filled another bag and we camped 3 of the nights.

FreeRoam is a terrific free app that provides tons of helpful information on campgrounds and free places to camp, and even includes information on cost, facilities and hazards. Since we were traveling 1,600 miles during the week, consulting GasBuddy and Google maps helped find the cheapest gas options. Gas prices varied as much as $1/gallon depending on the location, so planning when and where to fill up made a big difference! We utilized AirBnB for 2 nights to keep lodging costs down when camping wasn’t an option (including a fun stay in a tepee). With Google searches, I found that AirBnB isn’t always the cheapest option, so I price compared lodging for the nights we didn’t camp. It was amazing how shopping around for car rental options outside of the airport paid off.

Booking online from a Budget rental location 10 miles from the airport reduced the cost of our Jeep from $1500 to $300. Uber was an inexpensive option from the airport to the rental agency, and Budget even allowed us to return the Jeep at the airport for free, saving an Uber cost back (it never hurts to ask!). Buying the America the Beautiful Pass saved us money as we visited four national parks and other Federal recreation lands (and we will save even more over the course of the year). Of course, consulting Groupon is a great option for fun, local activities at reduced prices, and we took advantage of free factory tours from Celestial Seasonings and Denver Distillery.

We use our Capital One Venture card for purchases whenever possible to rack up points for travel and lodging expenses and have been able to pay for entire trips while making everyday purchases. Our Colorado adventure was an incredible trip packed with unforgettable memories that was made affordable with some planning, time, and effort. I can’t wait for the next adventure!

15 Comments On "Travel Photography and Savings Scholarship Contest Fall 2021"
  1. Valerie Corrales|

    Dear Whomever It May Concern,
    Hello, good afternoon my name is Valerie Corrales and I am extremely interested in this opportunity to receive this scholarship I would like to be able to talk to the person in charge of this case. The reason why is because I feel like this would be an amazing opportunity for me. Thank you for not only taking the time to read this but for responding if you can.
    -Warm Regards
    Valerie Corrales

  2. Tina Yarger|

    I am interested in this opportunity.

  3. Jala Walker|

    Hello, I am interested in pursuing this opportunity. I was wondering do you want us to put the graduation for college or high school?

    Jala A Walker

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Please include High School graduation. Thanks!

  4. Rebeca Chacon Blahut|

    Very excited to participate in an opportunity such as this one to share my photography in an active way to help further my higher education.
    Thank you,
    Rebeca Chacon-Blahut

    1. Johnny Jet Editorial|

      Thanks for entering!

  5. Paul Moreno|

    As of writing this, I applied on June 23rd. Will we be receiving a confirmation email of some sort or will we be notified of entry near the deadline? Thanks! Excited to see the outcome.


    1. Johnny Jet Editorial|

      Hi Paul, yes, winners will be notified. Thanks for entering!

  6. Tommy Ruppert|

    Are we allowed to make multiple submissions… I can’t choose a photo!

    1. Johnny Jet Editorial|

      Sorry, only one submission per person. Thanks for entering!

  7. Kristin|

    About when do you think you will decide the winner and notify them? I just want to know so I can be on the look out just in case.

    1. Johnny Jet Editorial|

      Hi Kristin,

      Thanks for entering! The deadline is August 1st, so we will look through all the entries then. There are a lot of entries, so we will probably announce the winner on August 5th (Next Wednesday). It will be no later than August 7th (next Friday).

  8. Ana Auad|

    I am Ana Auad, I am interested in this opportunity, how can I apply for it?
    Thank you!

  9. Samiya Nadeem|

    I wanted to get in touch to ask if you guys have any open scholarships. I would greatly appreciate any and all help! Thank you!
    Stay Safe!
    -Samiya Nadeem

    1. Johnny Jet Editorial|

      Hi Samiya, sorry at this time all scholarships are closed.

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