Global High School Student Wins Best Photograph Award

When it comes to photography, it takes more than ‘point’ and ‘shoot’ to capture an award-winning photo. Just ask Blyth Academy Global High School student, Daniel Chan, who is the recipient of the 2018 Best Photography Award from the 17th annual Calcutta International Cult Film Festival.

Chan’s work, the Pedestrians, was created while on term 3 of Blyth Academy’s Global High School in Australia. As part of Blyth Academy’s core belief that more in-depth understanding of subjects comes from experiential learning outside the classroom, Chan was able to capture the essence of Aussie life for his award-winning photo during a day of student exploration.

Though this award marks his first for a still photo, Chan is no stranger to critical acclaim. He is also an established filmmaker in the short film genre and has had incredible success in the last two years, winning 34 International Film Awards for six of his short films. He established his own boutique commercial studio, Daniel Chan Films, in Beijing in 2017 and currently has two projects that are under consideration for future awards including Behind the Forest and The Pedestrians, officially selected for the 2018 World Student Awards; as well as Black and White, officially selected for the 9th monthly season of the Cult Critic Movie Awards.

Chan is currently in Central America completing term four of Blyth Academy’s Global High School program where he is earning his Grade 12 Photography and Grade 12 World Cultures credits. Global High School not only gives him the ability to gain life experience (which reflects in his work!) but the flexibility to complete high school studies while continuing to develop his blossoming film career. One of his future projects involves being a key actor in a hockey-themed commercial arts film in China, which will be released in Chinese cinemas before the end of 2018. In conjunction with Blyth Academy Online courses, Chan will be able to complete his graduation requirements early, giving him nearly nine months to engage in other film projects as well as complete an internship and service project in Africa. He plans on attending post-secondary school for Film and Photography, and has already completed college-level credits at USC and UCLA in preparation for the future.

Blyth Academy is excited about what the future holds for Chan and continues to support his development as Global High School term four finishes off the school year in South America.

To view a selection of Chan’s award-winning films, please visit

Pedestrians, Photo by Daniel Chan