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 SA 4X4 Magazine, Acumen, Full Sus, Getaway, Mountain Bike Magazine, Ride, Runners World and Wild. As a regular columnist for the Media 24 national broadsheets, my photographs and articles are also regularly published in newspapers as well as on 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 a new Outdoor Travel Guide to southern Africa. Other titles covered trail running, mountain biking, expedition racing and South African travel, while my short stories featured in an adventure anthology. 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 global TOP 50 finalist from a field of well of 20,000 international shooters. More recent honours include both Gold and Silver Awards in the respected SONY Profoto Awards.
The Grit: As an elected PENTAX Ambassador in South Africa, I shoot on a state-of-the-art, full-frame #K1 SLR-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 Buff, Osprey, ClikElite, Giant Bicycles, Isuzu, Chevrolet, Open Africa, TomTom and World Panel, to name but a few. In addition, regularly cover prestige sporting events such as the Otter African Trail Run, Desert Knights MTB Tour, Nedbank Tour de Tuli, TransCape Multi-stage MTB Race, TransBaviaans MTB Challenge, the Raid International Gaspesie and the iconic Ride the Rail MTB Stage Tour.