Photographers Offered $10,000 to Fly in Helicopter and Capture Solar Eclipse

NASA 2024 total solar eclipse

Two lucky photographers will be paid $5,000 each and fly in a private helicopter to capture the total solar eclipse when it takes place in April.

The hotel brand Days Inn by Wyndham is offering “2024’s hottest gig” by flying two lucky photographers to a vantage spot of 10,000 feet to witness the much-anticipated celestial event.

However, it seems that the hotel chain may not necessarily be looking for grisled veteran photographers as the winners will receive some camera tuition before the flight that will take place in San Antonio, Texas.

“Days Inn invites all photo-obsessed BFFs to apply for the role. In addition to scoring $5,000 each for their work, the Sun-terns will receive a professional photography class, hotel accommodation, travel stipend, Wyndham Rewards® Diamond membership and of course, plenty of Days Inn swag,” the company says in a press release.

Days Inn by Wyndham’s logo has a recognizable rising Sun logo hence them referring to the role as being a “Sun-tern.”

Total solar eclipse viewers

“Since 2018, our Sun-ternship program has helped travel-obsessed photographers Seize the Days® with once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities. This year, we’re elevating the job to new heights, giving not just one but two Sun-terns a front-row seat to capture and share the magic of the eclipse,” says Days Inn by Wyndham’s president John Henderson.

The two photographers will be expected to “document their experience with photo and video content for Days Inn social channels” while also filling their own social media pages with imagery from the trip.

Taking off in the helicopters means that applicants will need to be comfortable working at heights and they will also need to be a resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec).

The total solar eclipse will take place on April 8 and will be the last in the U.S. for 20 years. It will be visible across large swathes of the United States and a map created by The Planetary Society and The Eclipse Company will help photographers select the best location from which to see it.

To apply for the gig, head to Days Inn by Wyndham’s Sun-ternship page.

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