Behind the Scenes...

I’ve photographed and authored numerous outdoor titles for publishers around the world and nearly ready to go to print on my first autobiographical novel, THE WANDERING. My other publications include outdoor guidebooks on trail running, mountain biking, expedition racing and South African travel, while several of my short stories featured in anthologies published in South Africa and abroad…

I’ve dog-sledded with Inuit hunters in East Greenland at the ARCTIC TEAM CHALLENGE; gone feral along the Kilimanjaro foothills on a mountain bike as part as RIDE 4 LIONS Stage Race; have climbed the Virunga Volcanoes during our BEYOND THE RIFT VALLEY Expedition; and off-roaded across Outer Mongolia during the G4 CHALLENGE. Let’s just say it has been quite a journey!


The Guts

I am a free-ranging storyteller – using both words and imagery – and regularly contribute to a wide selection of premium adventure-, travel- and outdoor magazines, locally and internationally. Leading titles include Getaway Magazine, Acumen, Full Sus, Escapes, Wired for Adventure, Travel Africa, Mountain Bike Magazine, Runners World and Maroela Media.

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

As a professional photographer and author, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world in search of off-grid destinations and colourful characters, and for this I will be forever grateful.

Commissions have included numerous extreme sporting and conservation events and expeditions, covering disciplines as diverse as Trail Running, Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Wilderness Expeditions.

During the acclaimed ILLUME Red Bull Sports Photography Awards, I was honoured as a global TOP 50 finalist from a field of well over 20,000 international shooters.

More recent honours include both Gold and Silver Awards in the respected SONY Profoto Awards.

The Grit

Over the past three decades, I have served as Ambassadors for Sony, Nikon and Pentax, and have in the process built up an extensive library of imagery which I supply stock libraries (I am an accredited GETTY and GALLO Photographer), as well as advertising agencies and production houses around the globe. My media company, Jacques Marais Media, also coordinates media- & marketing projects for premium adventure sport companies and their related global brands, with a current client list including Isuzu, Securi-Lid, Fluid Kayaks, Spot Africa, Polar (SA), Weber Braai, Squirt Cycling Products and Core Merino, to name but a few.

In addition, I regularly cover prestige sporting events such as the Otter African Trail Run, TransCape Multi-stage MTB Race, Hell and Back MTB Stage race, TransBaviaans MTB Challenge, Mountain Ultra Trail and other iconic global adventures. Collaborations are key, and as such, I work closely with other creatives in my partnerships around MTB ROUTES, SA’s leading MTB Trails site ( and #oZONE OUTDOOR MEDIA (

Get in Touch!

Drop me a message on (083) 444 5369 with any ideas or suggestions – always keen to link up with the doers and thinkers of our world 🙂