NEO NTSOMA is the first woman recipient of the CNN African Journalist Award for photography. Among many of her other recognitions, she is also the recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Photography Award. She is the co-editor of a photographic book, Women by Women, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Woman’s March, published by Wits University Press. Her work has appeared in publications such as, The London Telegraph, TIME Magazine and The Washington Post. She has also exhibited in Holland, Norway, Italy, France, India, Bangladesh and the United States. Neo worked for The Star before starting her own photographic productions company.
I used to take pictures to make people believe in me. Now, I take pictures to make people believe in the subject of my photographs. My aim is to share my point of view about something, and also what I am feeling about it. But what’s important for me is to capture the spirit and soul of the subject I am photographing. I am photojournalist because I don’t really see myself as a commercial photographer except that my work is for sale. I photograph for people who appreciate something a little different, from reportage, portraiture, theater, music and celebrity culture. Photography is an art, and it doesn’t matter to me where it comes from. I photograph what I love best and I earn my living from it.
HONOURS & AWARDS
2004 CNN Mohamed Amin Photographic Award (first woman recipient)
2005 National Geographic All Roads Photo Program Award
2005 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards (Premier Award Winner)
2005 Fujifilm Southern Africa Press Awards – (Picture Story Runner-Up)
2005 Fujifilm South Africa Professional Awards – (5 Awards)
2004 Fujifilm Southern Africa Press Awards – (Portfolio Runner-Up)
2004 Fujifilm Southern Africa Press Awards – (Picture Story – Winner)
2004 Fuji African Press Photo Awards- VISA POUR L’IMAGE (2 Awards)
2003 Fujifilm South Africa Press Awards (Highly Commended – Picture Story)
2002 Fujifilm South Africa Press Awards (2 Awards)
2002 Mondi Paper Newspaper Awards – (Finalist)
2006 MTN Women in the Media Finalist: South African Media award which honour remarkable women who have made tremendous strides in the media industry.
2006 True Love magazine – Top 100 women who have made an impact local and globally.
2004 and 2006 Voted by SA Cosmopolitan magazine as one of 30 Awesome Women
LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
1998 Gender Imaging Workshop – Zimbabwe
2001 Visual Communication Workshop – Tanzania
2002-03 Tutor at Pathshala South Asian Institute of Photography
2003-06 Part-time Tutor at Market Photo Workshop
2003-04 Guest Tutor at Alf Khumalo School of Photography – Soweto
2004-06 Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) – Johannesburg
2005 Guest speaker at Stanford University – San Francisco
2005 Guest Lecturer at the International Centre of Photography (ICP) – New York
2006 National Geographic Photo Camp for Young Ugandan Refugees – Uganda
2007 Presentation at Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Cape Town
2009 Workshop at Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, Norway
2009 Presentation at Oslo University College (OUC) – Norway
2010 Panelist – Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme Final
Student Portfolio Assessment – The Market Photo Workshop
2004 | Contributor “Moving in Time”, images of life in a democratic South Africa, edited by George Hallett and published by KMM Review Publishing Company.
2005 | Contributor “Isis X”, Poetry and Photography book edited by Alan Kolski Horwitz. Published by Botsotso Publishers.
2006 | Co-Editor “Women by Women” with Robin Comley and George Hallett – Book about South African women; women photographed and women photographers, commissioned by the Ministry of Arts and Culture to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Woman’s March, published by Wits University Press.
2011 | Contributor “JAZZ – A Female Perspective” produced and published by espAFRICA
2004 Kwaito Culture at Chobi Mela III International Photo Festival – Bangladesh
2005 “South African Youth ID – Kwaito Culture at UN Headquarters – New York
2006 “Portrait of a Woman” at Black History Month Festival – Toronto.
2007 “This is My Story” at Contact Toronto Photography Festival
2009 Risor International Photo Festival, in Risor Norway
2001 “In their honour” Sandton Convention Centre – Johannesburg
2002 Chobi Mela II International Festival of Photography Asia – Bangladesh
2004 “10 Years 10 Voices” Rome International Photography Festival – Italy
2004 “10 Years of South African Democracy in Pictures – Amsterdam
2005 National Geographic All Roads Film and Photo Festival – Hollywood
2005 National Geographic All Roads Film and Photo Festival – Washington DC
2005 National Geographic All Roads Film and Photo Festival – New Mexico
2005 “F4 Shooting Women” at KKNK Art Festival – Klein Karoo
2005 “Face to Face” at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery – Johannesburg
2006 Guest exhibitor (honorary) at Tshwane University of Technology
2007 “Jazz” at Cape International Jazz Festival’s Duotone Gallery
2012 “Insider – Outsider?” The first exhibition by Majority World CIC in the UK