Nonprofit Photography Workshop, Cape Town

Join us on an inspiring NGO photography trip to South Africa!

Contribute to worthwhile development programs through the medium of photography, enjoy some incredible photographic highlights of Cape Town, and improve your photography through personal guidance! We’re excited to be offering this nonprofit photography workshop in Cape Town, a rewarding experience in an inspiring setting!

Our main focus on this trip will be to run photography workshops with groups of women in Khayelitsha, the city’s largest township, which will help them develop their important community projects. You’ll also have a chance to learn about and photograph a number of nonprofit organisations and to donate the images to them, so that the pictures can be used for fundraising purposes.

You’ll be guided by Andrea Rees, a professional photographer and founder of ‘Heart of a Woman’, a project that works to empower women to have a voice, access to Internet, a creative outlet and an opportunity to generate income through the sales of photographic art products or photo-based campaigns. This trip is a great way to learn about important nonprofit work happening in Cape Town, contribute to good causes through photography, and improve your own photography along the way.

And, of course, we’ll also explore some of the many travel highlights Cape Town has to offer! We’ll go onto Table Mountain, venture to Cape Point, photograph St James beach at sunset, and visit the famous penguin colony in Simon’s Town. We’ll head out for several sunrise and sunset missions, and for those interested, we’ll explore some night photography.

To top if off, we’re offering an optional 3-day photo safari in a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger area. For those keen to also explore wildlife photography, this is a great opportunity to photograph the African Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino), and much more!

Hearth of a Women project Elephant, South Africa


  • Explore the many sides of Cape Town, one of the most stunning cities in the world, through your lens; photograph its divers and colourful neighbourhoods and street scenes
  • Frame the city in its impressive natural surroundings, which includes Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the Cape of Good Hope, and the penguin colony in Simon's Town
  • Join Andrea Rees on her Heart of a Woman project, and help local women take better pictures to promote the humanitarian work they're doing
  • Learn about and photograph several worthwhile nonprofit projects
  • Receive photographic tutoring from Andrea Rees throughout the trip
  • Explore South Africa's wild side with us during an optional 4-day photo safari in the Greater Kruger area

Quick Facts

  • Where Cape Town, South Africa
  • When September 20 - 27, 2019
  • Focus Nonprofit photography, landscape photography, city photography
  • Workshop Leader Andrea Rees
  • Price TBA
  • Group Size Minimum 3, Maximum 10
  • Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town, where we’ll pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our accommodation. After settling in and meeting the group, we’ll have sundowners on Signal Hill; we'll sip a glass of wine while watching and photographing the sunset from this beautiful spot.
  • Day 2 We'll have an early start to make use of the warm light at dawn, and enjoy a sunrise photography session in one of Cape Town’s iconic neighborhoods. Afterwards, we'll spend afternoon on top of Table Mountain, where you'll get far-reaching views of the city and its stunning natural surroundings. There will also be opportunity to explore the V&A Waterfront, a vibrant harbour area with colourful markets, shops, and restaurants.
  • Day 3 - 5 After an introduction to the Heart of a Woman program by Andrea, we'll spend several days in Khayelitsha, Cape Town's largest township, to work with a group of women in helping them take better pictures to promote the humanitarian work they are doing in their community.

    At the end of one of the days, we’ll treat you to a sunset photography session at St James beach, which has an iconic row of colourful beach huts.
  • Day 6 We'll visit several nonprofit organisations, and you'll have the opportunity to document their work and donate your images to these organisations. They can then use them for their communication and fundraising purposes. It's a great way of giving worthwhile causes some visual aids to promote their work and gain support.
  • Day 7 We'll enjoy a full-day trip to the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky promontory that forms the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. On the way there, we'll drive over Chapman's Peak (a stunning coastal road carved out of a mountain), we'll visit the penguin colony in Simon's Town, and we'll enjoy some game viewing through Cape Point National Park. We'll treat everyone to a final dinner.
  • Day 8 If you won’t join our safari, we’ll transfer you back to the airport. For those joining us, we’ll head to the airport in the morning and fly to Hoedspruit, where we'll make our way to a lodge in a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger Area. We'll have a first game drive in the afternoon.
  • Day 9 & 10 Two full safari days in a private game reserve, where you can expect to photograph an impressive number of animals, including lions, leopards, and elephants. You’ll be guided by expert guides and trackers.
  • Day 11 After a last morning game drive, we'll head back to Hoedspruit, where you can catch a flight home.

Cape Town: September 20 - 27, 2019
Kruger Safari: September 27 - 30, 2019

7-day Cape Town trip: $1995

• Accommodation
• Breakfast
• Airport transfers and all transport on the ground
• All activities
• Photographic guidance by Andrea

Not included:

• International flights
• Insurance
• Lunches and dinners in Cape Town

4-day Kruger trip: $1995

• Flights from Cape Town to Hoedspruit • Accommodation
• All meals
• All game drives and other activities

Not included:

• International flights
• Insurance

Cape Town photography: 
During this Cape Town photography workshop, expect an equal split between landscape and cultural photography. We’ll make full use of the city’s diversity, and you can expect to photograph colourful street scenes and people, impressive mountains, rugged coast lines, sunsets on the city sky lines, as well as some of the wildlife that can be found in and around the city, including baboons and penguins. With our nonprofit photography focus, we’ll also explore how photography can make the most impact to humanitarian causes.

Photo Safari: 
For those keen on exploring South Africa’s wild side, we’re delighted to offer an optional 4-day wildlife photography workshop! We’ll stay at a lodge in a private game reserve that borders Kruger National Park. During twice-daily game drives, you can expect to photograph lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, rhino, zebra, and much more. And excitingly, the region is particularly famous for its amazing sightings of the otherwise elusive African leopard. You’ll be staying in traditional African reed and thatch huts or rondavels, which all blend naturally with the environment.

Your Photography Workshops

Throughout this trip, Andrea will be offering personal tutoring, ensuring that everyone makes the most of this photographic journey. Tuition will include the technicalities of camera use, light and composition, and post-processing, as well as guidance on how to approach nonprofit photography. Andrea will tailor-make our tutoring to everyone’s individual needs, so that the workshop is both suitable and valuable for photographers of all levels.

Recommended Equipment

  • SLR camera
  • Range of lenses; ideally ranging from wide angle for landscape to a good portraiture and photojournalism lens (35mm, 85mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm)
  • If you’re joining the photo safari, a telephoto lens would be ideal
  • Tripod or bean bag
  • Sturdy camera bag
  • Laptop if you’re keen to improve your post-production skills, and/or if you’d like to review your images with Andrea

Andrea Rees

Andrea Rees has been photography professional since 2003 when she began her career as a portrait photographer in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been featured on television and in national and international print and digital magazines. In 2013, she founded The Heart of a Woman Project, a mobile photography and digital literacy initiative partnering with non-profit organizations that focus on women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation.

When Andrea is not in Toronto, she loves to explore the world with her children and husband or on her own, to experience it first-hand. She is passionate about cultural and wildlife experiences as well as supporting small businesses, independent artists and responsible tourism.

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