Modern Exploration Society Calls for Proposals for $15,000 Pathfinder Prize – The Durango Herald

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 26, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Hidden Compass, a women-founded media company and modern exploration company, just announced a call for submissions for its first annual Hidden Compass Pathfinder Award. The $15,000 prize will fund a curious team of modern explorers and allow them to share their discoveries with the public.

Hidden Compass is accepting submissions until July 20, when a panel of experts will review submissions and select three finalists. Hidden Compass co-founders Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann, who will also serve on the advisory board, say they are looking for one thing: creativity.

“We are interested in exploration in all its forms,” says Babu. “We want the types of proposals to be as diverse as the people submitting them. Because in the 21st century, everyone should be able to be an explorer. So whether these expeditions touch on history, science, art, ethics or something else entirely, we welcome them – and we’re eager to find something we didn’t even know we were looking for. .

Innovation is not only welcome in the proposals, but also drives the winner selection process. Once the expert panel selects the finalists, the expedition teams will present Allies – members of Hidden Compass’s modern exploration society, The Alliance. Allies will then vote to decide the winner, which will be announced during Hidden Compass’ Ethos of Exploration virtual event in late 2022.

The Pathfinder Prize is a nod to the days when exploration companies funded large expeditions. But whereas expeditions of the past were often aimed at conquest, modern travel funded by the Hidden Compass Pathfinder Prize is meant to set its sights on curiosity.

Since its founding in 2017, Hidden Compass has pioneered ways for the public to engage in both journalism and exploration. Inspired by farm-to-table trends in the food industry, Hidden Compass: The Magazine invites audiences to see and support where the stories they read come from. In 2020, the publication became the first in the world to run sponsorship campaigns for every journalist it publishes – in addition to paying storytellers for stories.

“Modern media companies really miss the mark when it comes to honoring readers, storytellers and explorers,” says Bergmann. “Right now, we live in an age of clickbait and cynicism where we focus on humanity’s greatest problems, rather than our greatest opportunities. We are different. We are ending the age of media of junk food by bringing audiences together with the humans, causes and possibilities behind the award-winning stories and groundbreaking expeditions.

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Hidden Compass is a modern independent journalism and exploration company transforming the way audiences engage in journalism and exploration. Co-founders Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann, who have 25 years of experience in journalism and editing, launched Hidden Compass in 2017 as an alternative to unhealthy, clickbait-laden content – what they call “junk food media”. In 2020, the company launched a unique business model, leveraging sponsorship campaigns to increase journalist compensation and audience engagement. The following year, readership grew by more than 40% and Newsweek named Hidden Compass a finalist in its Future of Travel Awards. Learn more at


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Caption: California-based Hidden Compass has announced its first annual Pathfinder Prize – $15,000 to fund a team of modern, curious explorers.

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