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Coventry student wins internship with Annie Leibovitz
One of Marta Kochanek's photos

A student from Coventry University has secured an exclusive internship with photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Marta Kochanek, who's originally from Poland, was offered the placement after getting her work noticed and rewarded in international competitions.

She was invited to New York for an interview after Leibovitz's team were so impressed with her work.

Leibovitz has photographed many famous names including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Rolling Stones and Demi Moore.

Three months in New York

Getting over to America for the interview wasn't without its problems. Marta's flight was cancelled because of volcanic ash.

To get around this, some media students from the university helped Marta produce a DVD of her work, which was sent to the Leibovitz Studios in her place.

Annie Leibovitz's work has always been an inspiration to me
Marta Kochanek

After viewing her DVD, Marta was offered the three-month internship with the team in New York and will be flying out in the new year. It will also count towards her photography degree.

Marta said: "This opportunity will help my dreams come true.

"Working with such a talented team of people, and the responsibilities which go with that, will give me the chance to develop both as a photographer and as a person.

"Annie Leibovitz's work has always been an inspiration to me, and for years it has been an ambition of mine to meet and work with Annie.

"I've worked hard for this opportunity, so I'm very excited about getting started."

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