Travel Journalist and Photographer, Lizane Louw
"I am an adventurous travel journalist whose work and curiosity have taken me to over 60 countries. I have extensive experience as a multimedia photojournalist, photographer and documentary filmmaker. My written work in travel journalism focuses on eco-tourism, sustainability, culinary arts and exotic retreats. My work in photography, as a travel, documentary and landscape photographer, focus on environmental topics and unique outdoor adventures to remote and unusual destinations."
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My background in visual journalism
I am an experienced and passionate photographer and photojournalist. My interest in news and current events initiated an interest in a career in journalism, I started working in the media industry in South Africa in August 2007. I was a contract photojournalist and news photographer for national publications of Media 24. As a visual journalist for Foto24, I worked for Rapport, Kaap Rapport and Die Burger until December 2010. My career took me all over the world since then, and I currently live in Germany and work as a freelance travel journalist and photographer for travel publications.
As a journalist, I had stories and photographs published in Huisgenoot, You, Beeld, Volksblad, Rapport, Die Burger, The Argus and Cape Times. I also published in Mango Magazine, The Daily Maverick, NRC Nederland's Handelsblad, La' Officiel NL, Africa is a Country and Head On Photo Festival, Australia. One of my favourite photographs from my Blikkiesdorp series was published by the Royal School of Fine Art, Stockholm.
I published in local South African and international publications, print as well as online. As a freelance multimedia photojournalist, I contribute images to the Gallo Image Library, Getty and Africamediaonline, when in South Africa.
In 2008 I was one of 40 photographers from Africa to receive training through the Africamediaonline Masters course. This course enriched my knowledge of photography, photojournalism and news photography.
In 2008 a story I was working on with a fellow journalist, The Suitcase Murder, was nominated for a Journalism Award by Vodacom, Vodacom Journalist of the year 2008. Category: Hard News, for a feature and investigative story.
I worked on a personal project in South Africa, Blikkiesdorp, from 2008 to May 2012. This feature and the story behind this unique Temporary Relocation Area, were widely published, online as well as in print, internationally.
In March 2009, the film Invictus was filmed in Cape Town. I photographed the American actors, Matt Damon and Kyle Eastwood during filming. These famous actors played the parts of Franscois Pienaar and Joel Stransky in the movie.
I collaborated with a team of Journalists from TV Folha, Brazil in 2011, who interviewed me and the work I did in the Blikkiesdorp project. They aimed to investigate South Africa and the Soccer World Cup of 2010. Lessons learned from Blikkiesdorp was to help support life in the favelas during the Soccer World Cup tournament in Brazil 2014.
In 2011 I was published by the Royal School of Fine Art, Stockholm, Architecture Department.
Utango, a Non-Profit Company, used work from my archive for a World Economic Forum event. The photo feature supported a campaign for impact investing in Africa.
In September 2011, I was an official photographer of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's book launch, Tutu, The Authorized Portrait. I had the opportunity to photograph Bono, the lead singer of U2, at the Bishops' birthday celebrations. I also photographed the Archbishop at the Russell Tribunal in Cape Town, September 2011.
Multimedia journalism in Asia
I relocated to Asia in 2012. I completed a diploma in Multimedia Journalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Centre for Journalism, ACFJ, in 2014. I shot on a short film, "Dust of the Street", and wrote stories on adoption and abandonment in South Korea.
My love for visual arts, design and photography, inspired me to take up a diploma in Graphic Design at the beginning of 2015. I graduated with a diploma in Graphic Design from Ashworth College in June 2017. Apart from my work in visual journalism and documentary filmmaking, I also work on graphic design and interactive design projects.
I graduated with a Masters Degree in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University, ACFJ, in June 2019. I developed a love for feature writing and started a series "The Tea Dairies", a travel project that will see me travel back to India and Sri Lanka in 2021 and 2022.
"My areas of speciality in photography is photojournalism, nature and wildlife photography, portraiture and travel photography. My written work in news and investigative journalism shifted after researching and writing about marine debris and pollution in Taiwan. Currently, my focus is on stories that educate and inspire. I hope my work can cultivate a better understanding of people and cultures, sustainability, and our relationship with the natural world and the environment."
Travelling and adventure is my life
I have travelled extensively over the past 24 years. I have explored over 60 countries and worked and lived in South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, South Africa, Namibia, the UK, Israel, Spain, the US and Canada. I also gave journalism lectures at universities in India.
I love exploring cultures, different foods, art and cultural traditions. I know no other life than travelling. For the past 12 years, I have been slowly working on a career in travel journalism.
I had so many inspirational experiences, train journeys through India, motorbike adventures on the islands of Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia. Surf adventures in Bali and South Korea. Photographic safaris in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. My most favourite experiences have been my tea adventures in Taiwan; I found so much life inspiration at the bottom of my teacup.
I am currently freelancing as a travel journalist and photographer for travel publications in Europe.
I call Berlin Germany home.
Behind the scenes, in the field
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Lizane Louw Multimedia Photojournalist
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