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National Geographic Channel's Expedition Granted contest offers $50,000 prize to wannabe explorers

A man hovering with a jet pack, an

A man hovering with a jet pack, an arrow graphic points down demonstrating the pull of gravity. Photo Credit: National Geographic Channel / Jill Hanna

WIN YOUR OWN EXPEDITION Ready to explore? National Geographic Channel's Expedition Granted contest will fund its winner's dream to the tune of $50,000. Democratizing the concept, NatGeo requires only "unbridled curiosity," whether in geographic journeys, technology, arts and music, or food and more. Submission videos are being accepted through Aug. 31 (from entrants 21 or older) at

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