Announcing the democraSEE 3 Shortlist


Announcing the democraSEE 3 Shortlist

Photo: is proud to announce the shortlisted candidates for democraSEE 3

Alexia Webster
Mauro Vombe
Xoliswa Ngwenya

The recipient of democraSEE 3 will be announced at the Kerkennah01, international photography festival between the 19 - 25 June 2018.

For more information about the shortlisted candidates, please see below.

The selection panel for democraSEE 3 consisted of leading regional and international experts: Mfundi Vundla, Lebohang Kganye, Berry Bickle, Euridice Kala and John Fleetwood.

For more information about the selection panel please visit: Selection panel

The call for democraSEE 4 will be announced in due time.

democraSEE - a new photography award and mentorship platform. democraSEE aims to develop and show important contemporary photography stories and content that deal with social and political issues and imaginaries from the Southern African region. It wants to create a space to acknowledge photographers and photography’s role and position in relation to the world. Furthermore, it intends to support the growth of visual languages in photography.

The recipient of the award will receive:

  • A R40,000 (South African Rand) grant towards the development of an existing or making of a new body of work
  • Mentoring support from an appointed mentor/curator (appointed in consultation with the photographer)
  • Critique sessions with appointed subject and practice experts
  • Ongoing support and mentorship from Photo:
  • Online publication of the completed work on the website

Click here for the website.

democraSEE is a project of Photo:, supported by the Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa as well as the National Arts Council in South Africa and the Photography Education Trust.



Alexia Webster


Alexia Webster is a South African photographer. Her work explores intimacy, family and identity across the African continent and beyond. She was awarded the Artraker Award for Art in Conflict, the CAP Prize award for Contemporary African Photography, and she received the Frank Arisman Scholarship at the International Centre of Photography in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in South Africa, United States, Europe and India. Most recently she traveled to Juba, South Sudan and Tijuana, Mexico as part of an International Media Foundation fellowship.



Mauro Vombe,born (1988) and based in Maputo, Mozambique, started photographing in 2006. His work connects to his earlier experience in theatre, unveiling hidden feelings and creating a form of collective or individual representation, and finds resonance from his work as news and events reporter. Vombe has received numerous awards locally and internationally. He participated in an exhibition dedicated to the 40 years of Mozambican photojournalism at Foundation Fernado Leite Couto in 2015. In 2017 he was an invited participant in the ‘Catchupa Factory’, in Mindelo, Cape Verde. In 2018 he was shortlisted for the democraSEE 2 award. 



Xoliswa Ngwenya is a Photographer, from Johannesburg, South Africa. Born 1990 in Soweto. He is a Market Photo Workshop alumni. He was also a runner up for the Tierney Fellowship in 2015. He is the 2016 , 1stprize recipient of Social Justice Photography Competition through Open Society Foundation for South Africa and was the main exhibitor at Through The Lensexhibition in Cape Town, 2016. He was a featured artist sponsored by Vodacom Business, in the IT Web, Brainstorm Magazine, calendar exhibition, 2017. He is a participant of Talent Unlocked Mentorship through Assemblage, in 2018.


Posted 1 Jul 2018