Gold Coast competition winners revealed
Six backpackers announced as the finalists heading to the Australian jungle
Gapyear.com has confirmed the six winners of the Gold Coast Tourism-sponsored competition 'I'm A Backpacker... Get Me In Here!'
The individual winners of the contest are Andy Gosling, Nikki Smith, Dave Brett, Maire McDonnell, Sadie Rose and Chantelle Keady. The six UK backpackers are now looking forward to their prize of a trip to the Gold Coast jungle to take part in their own bush tucker trials.
All entrants to the competition were required to submit a one-minute video explaining why they wanted to win the trip to Australia. The entries were uploaded to gapyear.com's YouTube channel, and viewers were invited to vote for their favourite video by 'Liking' it. The winners were the six videos with the most 'Likes'.
Winner Sadie Rose, 21, said: "I can't believe it... It still hasn't sunk in properly. I'm so happy and excited.
"I instantly thought this was the perfect competition for me because Australia is somewhere I've always wanted to go."
She added: "The thing I'm most looking forward to is the bush tucker trials! Bring it on!"
The 'I'm A Backpacker... Get Me In Here!' competition was a great success, with nearly 30,000 video views and more than 4,500 votes. Part of the success of the contest was the utilization of social media, with competition organisers, entrants and enthusiastic observers sharing video content through networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Four of the six winners joined the gapyear.com gang at the final February 2012 gapyear.com roadshow in London on Thursday night. Among those present was Andy Gosling, 26, who gained the most number of 'Likes' on YouTube, reaching over 800 votes by the close.
He told gapyear.com: "I'm understandably ecstatic. I'm off to the other side of the planet!"
Andy added: "I love the outdoors. The opportunity to spend some time in the jungle, challenging myself and hopefully bumping into some wildlife and creepy crawlies is really exciting."
Tim Fenton, gapyear.com's general manager, said: "The response to 'I'm A Backpacker... Get Me In Here' has been amazing. People put a lot of effort and imagination into creating the videos and the buzz they created both on gapyear.com and the general social networks was fantastic."
He added: "With university fees likely to come down after 2012, now is the time to go for a gap year. Some estimate as many as 2.5m young Brits will start a gap year in 2012. The response we’ve had to this competition makes me think those numbers could turn out to be an underestimate."
The top six filmmakers are now preparing to fly down-under in the coming months courtesy of Qantas. They will stay at the luxurious Palazzo Versace hotel on Main Beach in Queensland before embarking on the adventure of a lifetime in the Gold Coast's subtropical jungle. You’ll be able to follow all their adventures on gapyear.com.
Visit gapyear.com's YouTube channel to view all the 'I'm A Backpacker... Get Me In Here!' entries.
What did you think of this competition? Which was your favourite video? What do you hope to see from the lucky six backpackers' trip to the Gold Coast jungle?
To learn more about Australia's Gold Coast, explore gapyear.com's extensive guide to Gold Coast backpacking.
For an overview of the Australia experience, read Louise Denton's Guide to Australia.