2017 in review: A southern reflection

It's been another huge year for news and for me, Newshub's southernmost cameraman, it's been one of the biggest yet.

This year I had the privilege to journey to Antarctica with Newshub and Antarctica New Zealand to cover some of the science that is happening down there alongside Newshub Live At 6pm presenter Samantha Hayes and digital producer Breanna Barraclough.

This was a life changing trip. It is a different world down there: vast skylines of white, and just pure silence.

Visiting Captain Robert Scott's Hut was quite a surreal experience. Walking in there you feel like you're the first to visit, although the visitors' book states the contrary.

Earlier this year, I was honoured to take home another award at the New Zealand Cinematographers Society ceremony - a Silver Award for 'Lost Gypsy'.

Other highlights include filming at Clyde Dam on their 25th anniversary, covering the plight of the Stewart Island oyster farmers and of course, the infamous Dunedin 'street pooper'.

On top of all this I also made my feature film directorial debut. Radio Dunedin, the documentary, hit the big screens at Rialto Cinemas in Dunedin and Auckland. This was a huge bucket-list achievement and one I will be proud of for years to come.

It was a bit of a learning curve being in FRONT of the camera for once. Our reporters make it look so easy - it isn't.

This montage features stories from over the year by reporters Dave Goosselink, Samantha Hayes and Emma Cropper.

Grant Findlay is a camera operator for Newshub based in Dunedin.