Islington photographer in running for the ‘best job in the world’ Down Under
PUBLISHED: 13:32 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:32 01 May 2013
A 24-year-old has become one of a handful of people across the globe in line for the “Best Job in the World”.
Islington born and bred Luke Moran-Morris, will have the gruelling responsibility of taking photos of beauty spots in tropical temperatures and be paid the equivalent of 100,000 Australian Dollars for six months’ work if he lands the role.
Mr Moran-Morris is now one of 150 – whittled down from more than 500,000 people across the globe – who is in line for one of the six “Best Job in the World” roles being put up by Tourism Australia.
Among the roles are Outback Adventurer, Chief Funster, Outback Adventurer, Wildlife Caretaker, Taste Master and Lifestyle Photographer.
Entrants had to record a 30-second clip saying why they were the best person for the role, with Mr Moran-Morris plying his skills as a freelance snapper and filmmaker to apply for Lifestyle Photographer.
He said: “It’s unbelievable. It literally would be a dream come true. But just to be chosen from all those thousands of people across the globe feels amazing.
“There were more than 45,000 people who went for the photographer role so just to get this far is great.
“I think there’s a lot of people who would want to be in line for this sort of job.
“I can’t believe they’d be willing to pay that much for what I love doing. I don’t think anyone would turn that down.
“I couldn’t believe it when I opened my emails and saw I’d been selected.”
The 24-year-old, of St Peter’s Street, could be in Melbourne taking snaps for TimeOut’s magazines and websites by August if successful.
When asked why he fancied Lifestyle Photographer over Chief Funster or Outback Adventurer, he added: “At the end of the day that’s what I love doing.
“Everybody is going to go for the Park Ranger or the Outback Adventurer. Touring round nature spots for weeks sounds great, but they’re the obvious choices.
“Also, because I am already a freelance photographer and film-maker I really see this as my big break.”
Brits and Americans proved most keen for a shot at one of the six dream jobs (both with more than 75,000 applications), followed by Italians (60,000), French (54,000) and Australians (36,000).
Mr Moran-Morris is now calling for the support of the community to get him to the interview process, which would then see three flown over to Australia to be compete in a final stage.
He now needs to drum up as much publicity as possible to help to be considered for interview. Visit www.australia.com/best-jobs.aspx or www.facebook.com/LukesTheManForTheBestJobInTheWorld?ref=stream&hc_location=stream to lend support.