Lonelyplanet.tv paying $500 for amateur videos

It has taken Lonely Planet a while to jump on the video band wagon. Finally, they are starting to push video.

LonelyPlanet.tv provides a good opportunity for anyone traveling with a video camera and a good story to tell. According to today’s NY Times, LP uses the Web site to promote its own short films and scout for interesting videos sent in by amateurs, paying $500 for videos it would like to showcase as one of its “picks.”

If picked, you might also be featured an amateur video on its new YouTube channel: Youtube.com/lonelyplanet. Earlier this month, the channel was started with 20 selected Lonely Planet videos, and new clips are to be added every week. Current videos include “The Top Three Places for Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Amsterdam Anime” and “Polar Plunge.”

Also: read our coverage on LonelyPlanet.tv from last year here.