- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Council Bluffs man is currently in first place in a contest for the chance to spend two weeks in Norway as a photographer.

The Daily Nonpareil (https://bit.ly/19KC9hd ) reports that voters have put 35-year-old Jeremiah Knutson in first place on DreamJobbing.com, which works with companies to place people from across the United States in dream jobs. Past positions include a week as a producer for CBS television and backup singer for Michael Bolton.

The winner of the competition will travel Norway taking photos and maintain a journal about the adventure, which will include glacier walking, zip lining and waterfalls. As of Saturday, Knutson has 3,051 votes.

If the amateur photographer is one of the top 20 applicants at the end of the voting period, then he will move onto the interview stage of the application process.

The trip would also be an opportunity for Knutson, who is of Norwegian heritage, to visit relatives and explore his history.

“All my aunts and uncles and a good chunk of my cousins have been there, visiting family we still have in the country,” he said. “I’d love to do that, as well.”

The organization was created by Alex Boylan, the winner of season two of reality show, The Amazing Race; Burton Roberts, a former contestant on Survivor; and Lisa Hennessy, a reality television executive producer.

Knutson once applied to appear to be a contestant on Survivor.

“We want to give people amazing opportunities that truly help change people’s story,” Hennessy said. “By making an application video - regardless if they win - it’s a step in the right direction for being brave and putting it out there what they are passionate about.”


Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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