Finalists counting on votes for final round of Discovery Channel global internship
Christchurch’s Kate Shannon’s message about the love of travel has earned her a shot at her dream job.
The 24-year-old photographer and videographer has made it to the top 25 finalists shortlisted for an internship with Discovery Channel.
Thousands of travel junkies from Australia and New Zealand entered the competition, which whisks the winner around Japan, USA, Germany, South Africa and Croatia for free. They use their words, photographs and videos to tell stories of the destinations for Discovery Channel.
Shortlisted to the top 100 entrants, then to the top 25 this month, Shannon is now fighting for online votes to take out the competition. Voting closes on February 5.
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Shannon said she when she first read about the internship, which involved running a blog and social media for the channel, she knew immediately it was the opportunity the recent graduate wanted.
“It would be absolutely incredible. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
Given the brief to provide the top tip for travelling to your favourite destination, Shannon drew inspiration from Banks Peninsula, hopping from bay to bay on her jetski with her partner, Martin Jackson.
“My idea was to travel with love. Love can mean anything – your partner, your favourite blanket, anything,” she said.
Her first video entry captured her “most memorable place”, featuring footage from a recent trip to Myanmar.
Shannon believed she was the best candidate for the role because of her background in photography, her passion and her “ability to tell a great story”.
“I will rediscover the unbeaten paths and retrace the others. I will film from a place of love to represent the meaningful moments and write from a place of trust to tell the greatest stories.”
The self-taught photographer picked up the art form throughout her studies. She graduated with a Bachelor of Design and Multimedia degree at Ara Institute of Canterbury in early 2017, and has spent the last year hunting for the perfect photography or videography job.
She said passion was her first priority on the job hunt, something she had not found until the internship popped up.
“Although some people leave passion in the back seat, I don’t. It’s my driving force behind everything I do. My future job needs to have that boxed ticked,” she said.
A fan of overseas travel, Shannon has travelled to southeast Asia, the United States, Australia and around New Zealand.
“As a child I loved exploring and going on adventures. I’m the type of person who’s willing to try new things.
“Travelling is such a wonderful experience.”
Kiwi photographer and videographer Ben Mikha, 26, beat thousands of entrants to take out last year’s inaugural intern search and is now a contributor for Discovery.