Simone Scholtz (b1980) is a South African freelance photojournalist based in Cape Town.She has 18 years expereince and a passion for photography that celebrates development in Africa. She has recently shifted her focus to family photography that captures the beauty of special moments as they are shared and kept as precious reminders.
From 2009 to 2010 she was selected as part of project Twenty Ten, an initiative of World Press Photo that included intensive multimedia training.
Simone has worked as a freelance photojournalist for various clients, including corporates social investment projects, NPO’s, magazines and newspapers. She was a finalist in the Mondi awards for press photography (2005) and winner of the Vodacom Awards for photography in the Western Cape (2007 & 2008). Her work has been published in LA Times, Der Spiegel, Scotland Herald, Mail & Guardian newspaper, Property magazine, Weg magazine, Insig magazine, De Kat magazine, Getaway magazine and Sawubona magazine. She has exhibited work in South Africa, Kenya, The Netherlands and Argentina.
Photojournalism projects include:
Joubertina (2003) looks at the relationships between different races in the small town as South Africa approached ten years of democracy.
Fishermen of men (2004-2005) tells the story of the devastating impact of fishing quota regulations on subsistence fishermen on west coast. (Published in Die Burger. Finalist in the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards for feature photography).
Campesinos (2005) documents rural Bolivians of indigenous decent in the Chuigiasacra mountains outside Sucre during the run up to the elections of the first indigenous president, Evo Morales. (Photography done for Pascar Social Caritas Bolivia and also published in South Africa in De Kat magazine)
Ouma Grietjie (2008) tells the story of ouma Grietjie van Garies an aging local folk singer in the Northern Cape as she tells her story of reconciliation. (Special mention as profile writer of the year in the Pica magazine awards.Published in DeKat magazine)
Ventersdorp (2010) looks at the complexities of the relationships between farmers and workers after the murder of Eugene Terre’Blanche. (Photography based multimedia video as part of project TwentyTen by World Press Photo.)