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 Where are all 
 the African 
 women 
 photographers? 

About

As a group of women with over 3 decades of experience in the photographic, fashion and advertising industry, we want to uplift other creative women, share our knowledge, mentor and award well-deserving women an opportunity to influence culture and change the visual storytelling world.
- Jodie Ennik.
The women behind Lampost Luminaries
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Jodie Ennik

Jodie has been a consistent and highly respected contributor in many areas of the local fashion and advertising industries for two decades.

Most notably Jodie was the Founder of the premier photographic production and creative management companies Lampost and Lustre.
 

As creator of the Rise Creative Mentorship Program, Jodie’s passion for sharing knowledge and upskilling photographers was solidified.
A further and more singular vision has been born in the form of her latest venture, Lampost Luminaries.

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Kassie Naidoo

Kassie built her career as a creative director over 3 decades, expressing her creativity through design, branding and art direction. Leading small and large teams of creatives within the advertising industry, she found out her strength is mentoring and guiding the energy of the next generation of creatives. 

Over the last 4 years, Kassie's work has developed into a deeply collaborative way of creating which has led her to give her time and energy to exploring positive social impact through creativity. 

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Nandi Dlepu

A multifaceted creative force to be reckoned with. Nandi runs Mamakashaka, a creative agency based in Johannesburg that creates content for individuals, brands and communities within the Arts, Culture & Lifestyle industries.

In parallel to the agency offering of her business, Nandi is best known for her women advocacy as well as her brands. Bloom, a platform dedicated to inspiring and empowering the female creative community, Feel Good Series her monthly performance platform for emerging dj’s and live performance acts and her colour themed fashion party Pantone Sundays.

2023

This year, we are excited to let you know that Lampost Luminaries is taking a step forward by hosting a number of events, workshops and talks for our community of aspiring women photographers and videographers. Check in with us regularly or follow us @lampostluminaries on IG to find out more. 

Lili Ming

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Conversations

 

Last year we launched a series of live talks on IG, hosted by Lampost Luminaries director, Nandi Dlepu. Conversations was an invitation to women leaders who inspire us through their work, success and they very candidly shared with us their path to success -  be it incredibly challenging, uniquely left-of-centre or blissfully meteoric.

Hosted by Lampost Luminaries Director, Nandi Dlepu.

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Fellowship Programme 
 
In November 2019 Lampost launched Lampost Luminaries, a 10-month fellowship programme. The programme was a proclamation to all emerging female creatives on the cusp of greatness to take a journey with us. The response was incredible, ranging from self-taught applicants to graduates entrusting us with their profound stories and curated portfolios. Our panel carefully and rigorously went through each submission first independently, then as a group. After much discussion and debate, we were left with 12 finalists. The second phase was a face-to-face with each shortlisted candidate. We encountered so many talented, inspiring hopefuls but thankfully after final deliberation, the panel came to an unanimous decision and on 21 December 2019 we had our four inaugural recipients! The final 4 were introduced to the industry in early February 2020 and embarked on their 10-month up-skill programme immediately.
In March, with the pandemic bringing forth the hard lockdown we became creative, utilising our resources to run the programme virtually through video mentoring, workshops, skills training and regular communication. Despite a disruptive first year, the 4 women were able to complete their 10-month programme with 10 projects under their belt, thanks to the team at Lampost Luminaries, our network of photographers, videographers, artists and industry leaders. We could not have accomplished what we did without the passion, time, valuable equipment and resources from our partners and sponsors. Embarking on a programme takes vision, dedication and commitment - at Lampost Luminaries we are proud to say that we have plenty of these characteristics. 

Providing an immersive, mentored,
fully-funded photography & videography 
fellowship to young African women

3 months 

On-The-Job Training  

real-life shoots with 

established photographers/

videographers  

who become mentors

5 months 

Skills Development 

technical, business 

and creative 

2 months
Internship
at Lampost Productions 

Our 2021 Graduates
Lebogang Tlhako, Basetsana Maluleka, Thalente Mitchell Khomo and Lili Bo Ming
Our 2021 Mentors
 
"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of the individual is the team". - Phil Jackson. These words ring true for our relationship at Lampost Luminaries with our amazing mentors who have given the fellowship their time, creative spirit and collective knowledge to make the programme a success. Below are images from the projects they lead the women through in 2020. 
9 Projects in 10 Months

Thalente Khomo

Lili Ming

Basetsana Maluleka

Thalente Khomo

Basetsana Maluleka

Lebogang Tlhako

Lili Ming

Lili Ming

Lili Ming

Lebogang Tlhako

Basetsana Maluleka

Thalente Khomo

Lili Ming

Lebogang Tlhako

Basetsana Maluleka

Lebogang Tlhako

Basetsana Maluleka

Lili Ming

Basetsana Maluleka

Thalente Khomo

Press
Much gratitude goes out to our sponsors and partners who helped make our first year possible. We call upon the industry to support the fellowship going forward as we strongly believe in collaboration, partnership and sponsorship to make Lampost Luminaries a success for every woman entering the programme. Let's talk about how we can join forces to transform the industry.
Sponsors Year 1
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Lampost Luminaries is a South African registered non-profit company and holds a PBO18A(1)(a) 930072746
FAQs

Who is eligible to enter?

Previously disadvantaged women who are South African citizens or Africans who live in SA.

 

Would I be able to enter if I have not studied photography or videography?

Yes, a formal photography education is an advantage, but is not required. 

 

What if I'm still studying? 

This might make it difficult to manage the Lampost Luminaries full-time fellowship programme. It is advisable to finish your studying first.

 

I am a videographer, but not a photographer – can I still apply?

Yes.

 

Will this be an annual fellowship ie when can I apply?

Application date will be announced on @lampostluminaries first quarter of 2022.

 

If I don't really have many clients would letters of referral from my lecturers suffice?

Yes

 

Is there an age limit for applicants?

The age limit is between 20 – 40 years old.

I live in Cape Town. Would I be considered if I apply?

All women photographers or videographers would be considered but would have to be based in Johannesburg for the duration of the fellowship.  

 

I'm a self-taught photographer who's taken up photography in my late 30s, can I still enter?

Yes.

 

Are there specific styles of photography more likely to be chosen?

We are aiming to up-skill women photographers or videographers who want to shoot big campaigns in fashion editorial, advertising and motion.

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Contact

General Inquiries:
info@lampostluminaries.org
+27 11 788 2609
 
Address
66 Worcester Rd, Parkwood, Johannesburg, South Africa
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