National Geographic Channel announced the launch of the April 2011 Expedition Granted online voting contest, in which two National Geographic Young Explorers go head-to-head to win $10,000 toward their expedition of choice.
Starting Sunday, March 13, leading up to NGC’s signature event Expedition Week ? which features seven straight nights of TV premieres on groundbreaking expeditions ? Dashiell “Dash” Masland (27) and Trevor Frost (25) will make on-air appeals and provide weekly blog updates to solicit votes. Viewers, in turn, will choose their favorite explorer online at natgeotv.com/expedition.
As part of the initiative, voters are automatically registered for a four-person, 10-day adventure to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions.
Dash’s proposed expedition is to study the dietary habits of Hawaiian monk seals, one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Trevor plans to work with scientists and park rangers in three parks in Indonesia ? where the illegal wildlife trade is rampant ? to better protect its endangered creatures and habitats.
Winners will be announced Thursday night, April 7, during Expedition Week. The runner-up receives $2,500.