Kimberley McCosker

Kimberley McCosker
Kimberley McCosker

Current job
Currently freelancing, with a focus on documenting social injustices in South East Asia. In March I will be starting a new job as a photographer at the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia.

Bachelor of Journalism (with Distinction) with a minor in Asia-Pacific Studies 2014.

First job
I fell straight into freelancing so have never had a real, full-time job in media! The Phnom Penh Post will be my first contract.

Story so far
During university I was very focused on studying a variety of topics – as well as journalism, I studied international relations, politics, Islamic studies, history, geography, film production, graphic design and photography. These studies have been crucial to how my career has developed – there is so much benefit in having tertiary-level knowledge of the issues I write about, and being able to work across multiple platforms is invaluable.

My career really began in my final year of university when I spent time in Asia working with a number of not-for-profits. Key amongst them was the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Cambodia. I spent some time documenting UNICEF projects, which resulted in a 150-page, hardcover book featuring photos and writing that illustrated the challenges faced by children living in Cambodia. The book was sold to fundraise for UNICEF Cambodia, with all proceeds donated back to the projects I documented.

After UNICEF, I worked with organisations that focused on supporting landmine victims – everything from prosthetic clinics to job placement organisations to food aid and income support. My photos and writing are now being used by these organisations to help gain sponsorship so they can continue the excellent work they do. Through this work I got in touch with Australian not-for-profit organisation SafeGround, who work to research and advocate against explosive remnants of war, including landmines and cluster bombs. I am currently sitting on their national committee, where my responsibilities include researching, writing and designing their Memorandum and managing social media, among many other things.

During my last year at university I focused on building my professional experience in film, photography and writing. I undertook a number of internships, the most exciting being a two-week internship with Fairfax Media photographing the G20 Summit in Brisbane. I also undertook an editorial internship at the Australian Institute for International Affairs, where I created a monthly magazine featuring the writing of students and professionals in the International Relations sector. Internships like these are crucial to the development of young journalists, and I’m very glad I took the opportunity to do as many as I could.

Since then I have graduated and temporarily relocated to Thailand, where I am filming a documentary on the impact of landmines on Burmese civilians. At the same time, I am submitting writing and photographs on similar subject matter to newspapers and magazines around the Asia-Pacific. When the filming is complete I will be moving to Phnom Penh in Cambodia to photograph for the Phnom Penh Post, one of the largest English-language papers in Cambodia. It will be challenging working at an overseas paper (mostly because I don’t speak a single word of Khmer!) but I’m looking forward to taking the next step in my career.

I don’t know where the future will lead, but I hope it will be as adventurous as the journey so far!