Earlier this year, Rhiannon Adam travelled to the remote British territory of Pitcairn as the recipient of the 2015 Journey of a Lifetime Award, awarded by the Society in association with BBC Radio 4.
Pitcairn is a tiny volcanic outcrop in the South Pacific Ocean, lying roughly halfway between Chile and New Zealand, and is one of the remotest inhabited places on the planet. Settled in 1790 by mutineers from HMS Bounty, the island has a population of just 50 people and is only accessible by sea. Rhiannon spent three months living with the islanders, gaining a unique understanding of this isolated community, and recorded her experiences for a radio documentary. Her remarkable story will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 19 October at 11.00am.
The Journey of a Lifetime Award offers a grant of £5,000 to make an original and inspiring journey and the chance to record the stories and sounds you encounter for a BBC Radio 4 documentary.
Established in 2001, the award aims to support informed and responsible travel and to discover new radio talent. Previous recipients of the Award have reported on conservation in the rainforests of Sierra Leone and Liberia, ridden with the gauchos of Argentina, and documented sea-level rise in the remote islands of Papua New Guinea.
The application deadline for the 2016 Award is 28 October 2015.
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