Photography is the hardest mirror I’ve held up to myself. Your work is a reflection of your state of mind and reveals that to the world. That kind of honest self-observation takes a lot of courage. It takes a long time to peel back the layers of yourself and to show that to the world.

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Lee-Ann Olwage is a visual storyteller and photographic artist from South Africa. Her work is all about identity, collaboration, and celebration. She is interested in using the medium of photography as a mode of co-creation and celebration. With her long-term projects, she aims to create a space where people she collaborates with can play an active part in the creation of images they feel tell their stories in a way that is affirming and celebratory.

2021

Bob & Diane Mentorship Grant

Winner of This Is Gender

Pride Photo Award

Sienna International Photography Awards

Royal Photographic Society Exhibition

PHmuseum Documentary Masterclass

Marilyn Stafford FotoAward Shortlist

2020

World Press Photo Winner

Palm Photo Prize Nominee

Social Documentary Network AFRICA Spotlight

Marilyn Stafford FotoAward Shortlist

CAP Prize shortlist

International Photography Awards Honorable Mention

2019

Blink Portfolio Review, New York

Native & IWMF Female Leadership Bootcamp Participant - Kenya

2018

The Independent Photographer Portrait Finalist

 

2017
''Through My Eyes' Celebrating Female Photographers Winner

 

2021

Deichtorhallen Hamburg Family Affairs

Pride Photo Award Netherlands

Aspire X PLP African Photography Auction

2020

World Press Photo

Athens Photo Festival

 

2019

Head On Photo Festival

2018

Unstill Life

Photo Katmandu Nepal

 

2017
The Interrupters 

Amplify Studio, Cape Town

2016

The Prison Freedom Project
Ongaro Studio, Cape Town

2014

Silent Moments
Bello Studio, Cape Town

Contact
 
leeann.olwage@gmail.com

+27 71 675 8372

Cape Town, South Africa