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Lee-Ann Olwage is a visual storyteller from South Africa who uses collaborative storytelling to explore themes relating to gender and identity.

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 tells their stories in a way that is affirming and celebratory.

2023

World Press Photo

Sony World Photography Awards

International Women in Photo Award

Siena Creative Photo Awards

V&A Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography Shortlist

Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture Finalist

 

2022

CAP Prize

Photo Vogue The 40 Next Great Fashion Image Makers

Eddie Adams Workshop Alumni

PH Museum Women Photographers Grant Shortlist

Prix Virginia Jury’s Choice

Photo Vogue & Voice NFT Residency

Royal Photographic Society IPE 163

New York Times Portfolio Review

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

 

2023

World Press Photo

Sony World Photography Awards, UK

Photo London, UK

Mesnographies, France

Atlas Gallery London - Seen Not Heard, UK

Eyes on Main Street, USA

Indian Photo Festival, India

Bucharest Photofest, Romania

Siena Awards, Italy

 

2022

Celebration, Bonne Espérance Gallery, Paris

Photo Vogue Festival, Italy

Too Young To Wed, Girls on the Brink, USA

Royal Photographic Society IPE 163 Exhibition, UK

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

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