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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.


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



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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