Deadline: July 20, 2023

About the competition

Hidden Compass presents the Pathfinder Prize, which offers $15,000 in funding for a team of creative modern explorers to embark on a journey of discovery and share their findings with the world. Proposals will be accepted from now until July 20, 2023. The Pathfinder Prize honors the tradition of exploration societies that funded grand expeditions in the past. However, the prize places a new emphasis on curiosity rather than conquest. The winners of the 2023 Pathfinder Prize are currently on an expedition to Greenland.

After the finalists are selected, expedition teams will pitch their proposals to Allies, members of Hidden Compass’s modern exploration society, The Alliance. Allies will then vote to decide the winner, who will be announced at Hidden Compass’s Ethos of Exploration Event in late 2023.

Competition guidelines

  • Exploration societies of old once funded grand expeditions, but discovery has changed. Now, it’s about understanding instead of conquering. In that spirit, Hidden Compass offers an annual grant of $15,000 to fund a global expedition of the modern age.
  • The first-ever Pathfinder Prize was awarded in late 2022 to fund a global expedition of the modern age. Our winning team departed for Greenland on April 3 to follow in the footsteps of Togo-born explorer Tété Michel Kpomassie. They are currently publishing dispatches from their expedition exclusively for Hidden Compass Allies.
  • The proposal window for 2024 Pathfinder expeditions opens is now open! Find out how to apply here.
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