Christiaan Kotze FPSSA
Born in Louriesfontein in Namakwaland. Formative school years in Cape Town and High school in Pretoria.
After studying Interior designing in the '80s, Christiaan started a photojournalist career spanning a 24-year period at Beeld Newspaper as a junior photographer in 1992 and worked his way through the ranks to Beeld's chief photographer in 2001.
"During this time I covered conflict and breaking news stories, from the uprising in Bophuthatswana, the Inauguration of South Africa's first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela, and the Springboks winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa".
"I have won numerous awards at the Ilford photo Press Awards and later the Fuji Photo Press Awards".
"In 2001 I joined the Rapport Sunday newspaper as Chief photographer and started specializing in Sports photography".
"I had the privilege to cover the 2007, 2011, 2015 Rugby World cups in France, New Zealand and England. The 2008 Beijing Olympics and Rio 2016 Olympic games is a highlight for my sporting career".
"I have had a keen interest in wildlife photography since starting photography as a student".
"I have won awards at the Fuji Getaway Awards in the Sasol Birds and animal behaviour categories".
"I have had the privilege to do nature photography in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, The Kruger National Park, The Etosha National Park and the Chobe National Park".
Christiaan regularly shares his 25 years experience as a photojournalist with young photographers through talks, seminars and workshops.