Okay, I probably jinxed myself with that headline because he hasn’t actually won the trip yet, but in a few months,15 children ages 9-14 and one guardian each will be headed on a fabulous free trip to Peru with National Geographic. I can only hope we’ll be part of the expedition.You see, I just sent off his entry for the 2009 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge, which is also open to teachers. Yes, two teachers and 15 students will take part in a 12-day educational adventure to Peru from May 23 – June 3, 2009. They will visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, work on a research project at the Tambopata Reserve deep in the Peruvian rain forest, and take pictures right and left with a new Nikon camera, which is also part of the prize.To enter this essay/photo competition, students must write an original essay of no more than 300 words describing how they actively explore their world and the most interesting things they have encountered while exploring. They must also illustrate the essay with a photo they’ve taken.I’m really proud of the essay my ten-year-old son wrote and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the judges are inspired by it, too. What a fabulous opportunity those kids and, ahem, their parents will have.Click here for a full set of rules, as well as complete details on the teacher competition. Hurry, entries must be postmarked by Feb. 5, and received no later than Feb. 12, 2009.