The Guts: I am a pro photographer and author who regularly contributes to a wide selection of premium adventure-, travel- and outdoor magazines, both in South Africa and abroad. Leading titles include Discovery Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Tread, Runners World, Bicycling, Good Taste, Time Out and Men’s Health. As a columnist for the Media 24 national broadsheets, my photographs and articles are also regularly published in newspapers as well as web sites around the world.
The Glory: I’ve shot and authored numerous outdoor titles for publishers around the world and am currently working on an inclusive Outdoor Route Guide for southern Africa. My short stories feature in an adventure anthology and, as regular Merrell and Land Rover photographer, I shoot global extreme events, covering disciplines as diverse as Trail Running, Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Wilderness Expeditioning. During the acclaimed ILLUME Red Bull Sports Photography Awards, I was honoured as a TOP 50 finalist from a field of well over 20,000 international shooters. More recent honours include both a Gold and Silver Award in the respected SONY Profoto Awards.
The Grit: As an elected SONY Ambassador in South Africa, I shoot on a state-of-the-art, full-frame SONY α 99 SLT-system, and have built up an extensive library of imagery which I supply to advertising agencies, stock libraries (I am an accredited GETTY photographer) and production houses around the globe. Under the auspices of my company, Jacques Marais Media, I also coordinate media- & marketing projects for premium adventure sport companies and their related global brands, with a current client list which covers Merrell, Silverback, Land Rover, CapeStorm, Re-Hidrate, Red Bull and Maserati, to name but a few.