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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.


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



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


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


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


Blink Portfolio Review, New York

Native & IWMF Female Leadership Bootcamp Participant - Kenya


The Independent Photographer Portrait Finalist


''Through My Eyes' Celebrating Female Photographers Winner



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



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


Deichtorhallen Hamburg Family Affairs

Pride Photo Award Netherlands

Aspire X PLP African Photography Auction


World Press Photo

Athens Photo Festival



Head On Photo Festival


Unstill Life

Photo Katmandu Nepal


The Interrupters 

Amplify Studio, Cape Town


The Prison Freedom Project
Ongaro Studio, Cape Town


Silent Moments
Bello Studio, Cape Town


+27 71 675 8372

Cape Town, South Africa

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