About Photo:

Photo: is a platform that promotes socially relevant photography projects/work and photographers. Through curatorial and educational projects throughout the African continent and beyond, Photo: promotes emerging and practicing photographers and photography with the aim to encourage critical and experimental approaches/responses, that challenge and stimulate how we think about photography and our world. Further, through commissioning, producing and connecting photography projects and practitioners, Photo: wants to encourage dialogue, exchange, engagement and participation. Central to its vision, is the idea that photography can be a delicate tool for social change. Photo: was founded in late 2015 by John Fleetwood and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


About Department of Arts and Culture

The vision of the Department of Arts and Culture is to develop and preserve South African culture and to ensure social cohesion and nation-building.


About National Arts Council

The vision of the NAC is to promote, through the arts, the free expression of South Africa’s cultures.


About the Photography Education Trust

The Photography Education Trust is a registered public benefit trust to encourage and nurture photography as a response to South Africa’s vibrant, conflicted and constantly changing society, as a means of creating mutual understanding; thereby assisting in the evolution of a better society for all. The Photography Education Trust thanks the John Liebenberg Hip-Op Initiative for their support.

About National Lotteries Commission

The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.

About the John Liebenberg Hip-Op Initiative

The John Liebenberg Hip-Op Initiative raised money to fund a hip replacement for veteran photojournalist John Liebenberg. Funds were raised from direct contributions and a photography auction, with the surplus used to support other South African photo-documentary initiatives, including the Ernest Cole Award and the Photography
Education Trust.