‘Through My Eyes’ – Celebrating female photographers at First Thursdays Johannesburg this August

Through my eyes - Celebrating female photographers at First Thursdays Jozi

As part of our Women’s Month campaign, aimed at raising the profile of female photographers in South Africa, Sunshine Co. will be hosting an all women exhibition on the 3rd of August as part of the First Thursdays event in Johannesburg.

With the theme, ‘Through my Eyes’, Sunshine Co. is calling on all female photographers to submit photographs that capture the essence of or celebrates life as a woman in South Africa.

Ten images will be chosen to participate in the First Thursday exhibition hosted at Sunshine Co.’s studio in Rosebank, on the Keyes Art Mile. The photographs will be printed on fine art paper, mounted and exhibited on the night.

The top 3 images will be chosen by our select panel of judges and be announced on the night of 3 August 2017. All finalists will receive their printed artwork.


  • 1st prize is a free studio day in either Cape Town or Jozi including lighting gear.
  • 2nd prize is a Bouncelite Flash diffuser + BlackRapid camera strap
  • 3rd prize a BlackRapid camera strap.

How to enter

Submissions must be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Instagram by tagging SunshineCo. and adding the hashtag #throughmyeyesjozi. Please note that the image must also be available in hi-res print quality if selected.

Entries for submissions close 1 pm on Friday 28 July.


Prints sponsored by AtPhoto.

Terms & Conditions

  • Photos can be new or existing material.
  • You can submit as many photos as you like.
  • Photos submitted must be available in hi-res print quality.
  • All images remain the property of the photographer, including copyright.
  • Finalist images will be used online for promotional purposes of the event, and the photographers will be credited.
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • Entrants limited to South Africa.
  • Selected finalists have to complete and sign a form verifying that the image belongs to them before we print/exhibit.

The Judges

Jodi Bieber ( Professional Photographer ) Click for more info

Jodi will be giving a short talk on the night of the event, giving some personal insight into the role of women in the industry.

Jodi Bieber


Jodi Bieber’s professional career began covering the 1994 Democratic Elections in South Africa for The Star Newspaper after attending three short courses at The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. A turning point was being selected to participate in the World Press Masterclass held in Holland in 1996. This opened the door to travel the world on assignment for international magazines and NGO’s. She has won numerous international awards including the Premier Award at World Press Photo in 2010. She continued during this time to create her own projects and presently spends most of her time working this way. Her three monographs “Between Dogs and Wolves – Growing up with South Africa, 1996; Soweto, 2010 and Real Beauty 2014 and her other projects are exhibited in solo and group shows locally and abroad. She also mentors students to produce projects, and she gives lectures and photographic workshops all over the world.


Antonia Steyn ( Professional Photographer ) Click for more info

Antonia Steyn


Antonia graduated from the University of Cape Town on the Dean’s merit list in 2000 and began working to establish herself in photography. In 2005 she became a full time professional photographer and in 2007 was awarded Media 24 Photographer of the Year for her work with Pieter Dirk Uys. In 2008 her shoot with Eugene Terre Blanche won her an ABSA L’Atelier Merit Award. Her Triptych “Steyn & De Villiers” won the Vuleka Art Award 2011 and she was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2011. Untitled (Eugene Terre Blanche) forms part of the Sasol, Oliewenshuis and South African National Gallery permanent collections.


Christine Meintjes ( Professional Wedding Photographer ) Click for more info


Christine Meintjes is a South African wedding & lifestyle photographer, as well as the founder of the popular lifestyle blog, The Pretty Blog. To date, she has shot more than 350 weddings, in more than 10 different countries. She is also one of the official 5 Premium Nikon Ambassadors for Southern Africa.

In addition to her photography business, she also runs The Pretty Blog, which now reaches more than 400 000 people per month.