Holman Prize

The Holman Prize is a grant of up to $25,000 from the San Francisco Light House for the Blind given to select visually impaired individuals to embark on a grand adventure like James Holman (A visually impaired adventurer that travelled the world in 1800’s).

After losing my eyesight I have done quite a bit of traveling and will continue to do so probably until the day I die. I’m applying for the Holman prize to assist with a specific endeavor, to visit the New 7 Wonders of the World and share the wonders through a blind perspective.

If I am awarded the Holman Prize, I’ll create more than just a blog or video…and it will be more than just stepping up to the 7 wonders. At each wonder I’ll also be doing something a little adventurous that will be unplanned…whether it’s a trek, skiing, cycling or kayaking in the area.

I’m looking to raise awareness. To share the adventure with others, visiting local blind schools/organizations, and government officials to inspire and show others of what is possible.



Introduction title:
In white text –
Steve Baskis
A Blind Endeavor to Explore the 7 Wonders of the World
A Video Submission for the Holman Prize

[Close up of a Green Eye]

22 Years of sight and in the blink of an eye it was gone.

[The eye blinks and cut to black]

[A photo of Army soldiers are grouped together, Steve is highlighted in the lower right corner]

[A photo of Steve sitting in a military vehicle, zooms into his face, fade to black]

[Steve speaks to the camera]

On May 13, 2008 I lost all of my sight, when an explosive device detonated near our patrol in Baghdad, Iraq.

Life forever changed…

[A photo of an Army Soldier, Victor Cota, holds up pease signs with both hands]

A good friend, a soldier and team leader died next to me on that unfortunate day in May.

[Steve lays in a hospital bed, his arms bandaged, his brother sits by his side reading him a book]

I awoke half a world away from the battlefield, my family at my side life forever changed.

Laying in that hospital bed, staring into darkness. I could not help but think about negative things. Never again will I drive, never again will I stare at the starry night sky, and never again will I see my families faces.
[Steve treks over a snowy mountain trail with a gentleman guiding him with a bell]
[Steve is in a kayak paddling down a river, water splashing over him]
Over the past 9 years I have explored new ways of living. Moving is living

[Photo of Steve cross country skiing]
I’ve skied in different countries
[Steve riding on a tandem]
cycled from one nation to another
[Steve atop of a Mountain in Nepal]
climbed tall peaks and
[Silhouette of Steve in a kayak crossing the water during a sunset]
paddled on our majestic oceans.

[Steve smiling and sticking his tongue out atop of a mountain with three friends/guides behind him]
People quite literally guide me through life. Help me show the world the 7 wonders from a blind perspective.
[Photos of the seven wonders flash across the screen: Chichen Itza, The Colosseum, Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer, Taj Mahal, Petra, Machu Picchu]
Text Reads: A Blind Endeavor to Explore the 7 Wonders
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