| 1992–present|| Neo Ntsoma|
| Technikon Pretoria, Peninsula Technikon|
Johannesburg, South Africa
Neo Ntsoma Wikipedia
Neo Ntsoma (27 December 1972) is a South African photographer known for her photojournalism, portraiture, music and popular culture photography. born in Vryburg and brought up in the rural areas of Mafikeng in the North West Province, her fascination about films was triggered at an early age. Growing up in the apartheid era and seeing the negative portrayal images of black South Africans and the lack of participation of black women in a media industry dominated by white males, this reinvigorated her to want to make change, however it was not an easy dream to fulfil due to race restrictions at the time. Ntsoma attended St Mary's High School where she would be introduced to music, dance and drama, this is where she knew her career path was different from her peers.
Born in Vryburg and brought up in the rural areas of Mafikeng in the North West Province. Ntsoma is last of the third children born to Olefile Ntsoma and Nomalanga Maria Ntsoma née Hlabangane. Photography is a profession she fell into by accident, a profession not known for black women at that time. Ntsoma began her studies at Peninsula Technikon in 1992, Her initial interest was in Film and Television. she never picked up a camera prior to her enrolment at the Technikon. She later moved to Pretoria Technikon between 1994 and 1995 to further her studies specialising in Fashion and Advertising although she was denied the opportunity to graduate.
Despite challenges and setbacks on her journey, in 1998 Ntsoma became the first black woman photographer to work for one of the biggest newspapers in South Africa, The Star. Although Ntsoma never felt discriminated by her colleagues whom were mainly white and male, she felt the need to constantly prove herself to gain the recognition in the industry. As Ntsoma explains in her artistry statement,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
In 2004, Neo Ntsoma became the first woman recipient of the Mohamed Amin Award, the CNN African Journalist of the Year Photography Prize for her photo essay entitled, 'Their World in Flames'. Over the years her career has also spanned to fine arts and celebrity photography.2005 National Geographic All Roads Photo Program Award
2005 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards (Premier Award Winner – Photography)
2005 Fuji Southern Africa Press Awards – (Picture Story Runner-up)
2005 Fuji South Africa Professional Awards – GOLD Fine Art
2005 Fuji South Africa Professional Awards – SILVER Fine Art
2005 Fuji South Africa Professional Awards – BRONCE Manipulation
2005 Fuji South Africa Professional Awards – SILVER Automotive
2004 CNN – Mohammed Amin Award (First woman recipient)
2004 Fuji Southern Africa Press Photographer of the Year (Runner-up)
2004 Fuji Southern Africa Press Awards – (Picture Story – Winner)
2004 Fuji African Press Photo Awards- VISA POUR L'IMAGE (Runner – Up)
2004 Fuji African Press Photo Awards- VISA POUR L'IMAGE (News – Runner-up)
2003 Fuji South Africa Press Awards (Highly Commended – Picture Story)
2002 Fuji South Africa Press Awards (Highly Commended – Feature Single)
2002 Fuji South Africa Press Awards (Judges Selection)
2002 Mondi Paper Newspaper Awards – (Finalist)
2007 Member of the judging jury – Fuji Southern Africa Press Awards
2006 MTN Women in the Media Award (Finalist)
2006 True Love magazine 100 women who have made an impact local and globally.
2006 Cosmopolitan magazine "30 Awesome Women, an annual feature in Cosmopolitan magazine, in celebration of South Africa's outstanding women achievers."
2005 The first photographer from the Southern Hemisphere to have a picture selected to go on the front cover of One World Calendar.
2004 Time magazine Pictures of the week (23–29 August)
2004 Cosmopolitan magazine "30 Awesome Women, an annual feature in Cosmopolitan magazine, in celebration of South Africa's outstanding women achievers."