Issue date: 03 May 2013
A graduate from UWE Bristol is in the running for 'the best job in the world' for the Tourism Australia's 'Best Jobs in the World' competition.
Lewis Noll graduated in Time Based Media + Visual culture with a 2:1 in 2003 and was featured in UWE Bristol Prospectus at the time. Now aged 30 and currently working in Shoreditch for Nexus, an award winning Animation production company, Lewis applied for one of the 'Best Jobs in the World' as a Life Style Photographer where if successful he will be based in Melbourne for 6 months with Time Magazine on a $100,000 package.
Applications for the global competition closed on 10 April with more than 600,000 expressions of interest submitted by close to 350,000 people from 196 different countries.
He is now amongst only 150 candidates from 35 countries still in contention for the six dream jobs - Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia, Chief Funster in New South Wales, Park Ranger in Queensland, Taste Master in Western Australia, Outback Adventurer in Northern Territory and Lifestyle Photographer in Melbourne, Victoria.
Lewis Noll said, "It's quite overwhelming to be shortlisted out of so many entries so I am obviously really pleased. I have a real passion for photography and, living in London I am spoiled for choice with the amount of culture to soak up. I have always been interested in photography and film, having studied Time Based Media at UWE Bristol, so this role would be a dream.
“I chose to do the course as it was one of the few at the time that had a really practical focus. I wanted to learn how to do things not just about the theory. But this course gave me the best of both worlds as it combined theory from visual culture and the arts with the practice based elements. I think my time at UWE Bristol really helped with training my eye and led to a first job with a production company in London.
“I have only become seriously interested in photography since purchasing the amazing Canon 7D camera, it's a really lovely piece of kit and I have been slowly building up a stock of imagery. I am thrilled to be selected and in amongst the final 24 contenders but I'm absolutely gunning for the win. I really want this job – it's a real once in a lifetime opportunity.
Applicants were asked to complete a 30 second video explaining why they should get the job. Watch Lewis Noll's video here Keep with Lewis' journey on Facebook, twitter
@lewisnoll using the hashtag #lewis4oz, #bestjobs and follow his blog http://lewislovesphotos.com/news/
Each short listed applicant will now be asked to provide supporting job references which, if successful, would see them invited to a final assessment in Australia in mid-June, with the six successful job candidates announced on 21 June 2013.