Pho­tog­ra­pher of the year

CityPress - - Trending - – Gar­reth van Niek­erk

This was the year of photography. Not only did the medium gain trac­tion for the lo­cal In­sta­gram stars who ab­so­lutely slayed (we’re look­ing at you, Trevor Stu­ur­man), but, in­cred­i­bly, among the men­tal health com­mu­nity as well. A big trend that emerged out of 2016 was the gen­eral aware­ness be­ing raised about the cri­sis in treat­ment and un­der­stand­ing of men­tal health. Ad­dress­ing this us­ing what tools were avail­able to him is the in­cred­i­ble Lim­popo-born lens­man Tsoku Maela, who turned his cam­era in­ward to ad­dress his own strug­gle with men­tal health. His mes­sage of self-love lifted our award, bring­ing a needed new theme to the fore­ground and re­new­ing our love for the medium.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

HEAD SPACE Work by the in­cred­i­ble Lim­popo-born lens­man Tsoku Maela

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