Fishermen of Africa

PhotographerJeremy Jowell
PrizeSilver in Photojournalism / Travel/Tourism
Entry Description

Fishing is a massive industry around the continent of Africa and many millions of locals rely on the ocean for their survival. But in recent years fish stocks have become depleted. It's always fascinating to watch the local fishermen as they go about their daily work. Some head out to sea on boats with nets, others use handlines to haul in their catch. The small fish are sorted into bundles which are then sold in the markets. Some of the larger ones are sold to hotels and restaurants or auctioned off.

About Photographer

Born in Cape Town in 1961, Jeremy Jowell is a South African-based photographer and travel writer. The work he produces includes features with the emphasis on nature, travel, tourism, lifestyle and the leisure industry. He graduated from UCT with a B.Com degree, then spent several years in the field of commerce before his passion for photography developed from a hobby into a new line of work. On moving to Johannesburg in 1991, he started working for a community newspaper as a journalist and photographer. Four years later, he left to pursue a career in freelance photography and travel writing. Now back living in Cape Town, Jowell is a regular contributor of both written work and images to many South African and international publications. These publications include Africa Geographic, Good Taste, Conde Nast Traveller, Expressions, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Equinox, Weg, Saturday Star, Diversions, Sunday Times, Business Day, Cape Times, Getaway, Upfront, Time Magazine and others. Other photographic assignments include portraiture, landscapes, corporate launches, brochures, weddings, social events and public relations work. He has produced a range of scenic Cape Town postcards and his images have also been used in various calendars and books. His work is represented by iAfrika Photo Agency. Jowell is an award-winning photographer. In the 2004 Fuji Profoto Awards, South Africa’s premier photographic competition, he won a Gold Award in the Landscape Portfolio section, and Silver in the Aerial category, both for images of desert sand dune scenery. In addition, he received two ‘Highly Commended’s in the 2005 Fuji Awards. He was also a finalist in the Brett Kebble Art Awards in 2003. Jowell has journeyed extensively around the world – Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East, America, Australia, South and Central America. Recent trips to Namibia and Botswana have resulted in three solo photographic exhibitions held in Cape Town entitled, Into The Great Wide Open, Visions Of Africa and Shades of Gold. The exhibitions featured desert landscapes, African portraits, wildlife, abstract photographs and artistic images of Cape Town. Jowell’s work has proved popular with investors in photographic art and also as decorations for homes and corporate offices. For more information and examples of his work, please view his personal web site: www.jjphoto.co.za