Double Zimeo Excellence in Media Award Winner – Jay Caboz

I am pleased to announce I was awarded TWO awards at the #Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards hosted at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Venue in conjunction with the Africa Media Leader Forum

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Me with Chris Bishop (left), my mentor and Managing Editor of Forbes Africa Magazine

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Thanks to all the Forbies who came to support me, and of course Caryn my wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought what they wrote about me in the publication was quite funny:

Technology A Rat Race Against Death
Jay goes rat-hunting in Angola and finds a reason to give the rodents a thumbs up. IN a country where an estimatated 10 to 20 million landmines are still uncovered 12 years after the country’s civil wart, putting many lives at risk, APOPO, an innovative company founded by a Belgian social entrepreneur, Bart Weetjens, may have found a solution: Mine-sniffing rats trained to de-mine the country’s town and villages.

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Rats that Save lives – Forbes Africa Magazine

Maritime Economy – The Dead Port that Rose Again
For centuries, the Port of Maputo was a rich gateway between Africa and the trade winds of the open seas. However, years of civil wat and crumbling decline left the port crippled and all but buried. Tweleve years ago, it woke up to stage one of Africa’s great comebacks. Jay brings the port to life with his delightful story-telling techniques.

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The Port of Maputo – Forbes Africa Magazine

Jay Caboz – Zimeo Finalist in two Catergories

I am glad to announce that I am a finalist in two categories at the ZIMEO “Excellence in Media” Awards Finalists List. Thanks once again to Forbes Africa for sending me all over the continent to write the stories I want.

Nairobi, 28th October 2015Finalists in the first edition of the Zimeo “excellence in Media” Awards have been announced today following a rigorous judging process led by independent pan-African panels of judges.

This is the first edition of the awards, which were launched by the African Media Initiative (AMI) in June 2015, to recognize excellence in journalism by rewarding stories that demonstrate high standards of professionalism and speak to the continent’s development issues. The awards received a total of 557 entries from 41 countries across the continent, from Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone Africa.

ZIMEO “Excellence in Media” Awards Finalists List

TECHNOLOGY

Jean Pierre Afadhali, The East African, Rwanda

“Rwanda ups measures for Internet to curb the abuse of Children Online”

Jay Caboz, Forbes International, South Africa

“A Rat Race Against Death”

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Wacera Ngunjiri, Africa 24 Media, Kenya

“Cape town Gunshot detection system”

Adeline Tchouakak,  Le Messager, Cameroon

“Les réseaux sociaux pour remplacer les médias classiques ?”

THE MARITIME ECONOMY

Jay Caboz, Forbes Africa Magazine, South Africa

The Dead Port That Rose Again

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Wanjohi Kabukuru, New African Magazine, Kenya

“President Michel: Oceans Fundamental to Africa’s Existence” & “A Parable Of Success

George Sunguh, Our Ports Magazine, Kenya

“PMAESA Ports Increase Capacity Ahead of Demand”

 

Cover Shoot – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union

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Portrait – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union by Jay Caboz.

Portrait – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union.

Photography – Jay Caboz

Location – The Radisson, Sandton, South Africa

It isn’t a day like any other when you get to meet the most powerful woman in Africa.

I need to say off the bat that a photoshoot with such a prestigious leader doesn’t happen by chance. The Forbes Africa Woman team try to the best of their ability to plan for shoots and come up with concept that can both emulate the subject matter as well as make them look great.

Politicians, I suppose like most people who are famous, I don’t know why this is, have little time to spare when it comes to photographs. I have lost count the number of times we have dealt with figures in the public eye and they assume we can work magic in five minutes or less.  But we try our best to get what we can.

To reveal a little of what goes on behind the scenes: I had been on standby,  for this shot,  for several months. Literally we were told that this photoshoot could happen at any moment and that we were to drop everything we were doing and get it done. The only other time I have been on standby like this was when Nelson Mandela died. This was the level of importance we placed into this shoot.

Even still, it came as a surprise when at 6pm our editor Methil Renuka, calls us on from her holiday in Kerala, India, to tell us that the photoshoot would happen the next morning. Such is the dedication and drive of this team that we are always on our phones.

Over a scratchy public telephone line, from who knows where in the jungle, Renuka says: “It’s happening Jay, tomorrow. The shoot’s tomorrow.I can’t hear you but she’s coming tomorrow. Can you hear me????? Jay? …
” then line drop — received in a furniture store parking lot as we were closing up shop with the inside fashion shoot and squeezing lights back into the boot of Kris with a K, our art director’s, Renault Megan.

So the Forbes Africa Team had less than 24 hours.  We were to be given 45 minutes. Then the emails and phone calls began.

If you are familiar with the media business, it can take weeks to organize the personnel needed to organize a shoot. It is a near on impossible to organize lights, a stylist, make up artist, venue, snacks, photographer and an assistant in 24 hours. But we did it.

Luckily with such a big name many people are willing to drop what they are doing to collaborate. The Radisson, in Sandton, graciously lent us their penthouse suite for the day to set up lights and plan the shoot.

We were able to get into the venue, set up lights and be ready in time for her excellency. Time is the key word word here.

It took two hours to set up the lights, move the furniture and plan, shot by shot, pose by pose, how we were going to do this to maximize our limited time Dlamini-Zuma.

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Remember when I said that we had 45 minutes: Well it took the make up artist 45 minutes. Thus when Dlamini-Zuma came into the room, she should have already have left.

Dlamini-Zuma is wonderful lady, very polite and friendly to talk with. But, it is amazing that someone who is able to stand up in front of millions of people and make a speech can be shy in front of the camera. Our prep work had prepared us for this fact – she’s not a professional model.  That’s part of our job at Forbes Africa, getting the subject to come out of their shell and let their true self shine through.

We introduced ourselves, had a bit of a chit chat to release the tension in the room and got to work. I aim to get the subject to forget about all the people in the room and the bright lights. If you, as the photographer, act professionally, are composed, and act as if  you know what you are doing that confidence will shine through and you can get your subject to relax.

The time flew. We had managed to squeeze a half hour with several poses and interior magazine shots. Dlamini-Zuma shook our hands, said thanks for the photoshoot and ambled out the door.

Time to shoot: 30 minutes

Time to prepare for 30 minute shoot: 2 hours set-up, less than 24 hours to organize a team of helpers, a 45 minute make over and a phone call from India to set it off.

Job done.

Publication – Forbes Africa Magazine, July 2015 edition

Photographer: Jay Caboz on Instagram


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#SBSJA15 Young Journalist Winner and Finalist Feature Photo, Runner up in Multimedia Category #SANLAM

Last night was quite epic. There were two Journalism award ceremonies. I think I did pretty well.

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At the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, #SBSJA15, I was a finalist in the Feature Photography Category, and I walked away with The Young Journalist of the Year Award.

I ALSO was a runner-up at the SANLAM Financial Journalism Awards in the multi-media category.

“When Jay applied for a job at Forbes Africa he had been turned down by two newspapers. It was their loss. In just two years, he has travelled thousands of miles across Africa, slept in the bush on manoeuvres with anti-poaching squads, been charged by an elephant in Zambia, sailed through storms off the Cape, photographed mine detecting rats in Angola and marched with striking platinum miners. He is one of the most thorough, professional and energetic young journalists I have seen in 34 years in this business.” — Chris Bishop, managing Editor at Forbes Africa.

Here some shots from the portfolio I entered:

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From: Paddling through Sewage and Facing Guns

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From: Paddling through Sewage and Facing Guns

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From: Paddling through Sewage and Facing Guns

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From: Platinum Strike 2014

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From: Platinum Strike 2014

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From: Platinum Strike 2014

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

 

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

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From: A Rat Race Against Death

 

Chasing Shadows – Fashion Shoot with Forbes Woman Africa June-July 2015

Chasing Shadows – Fashion Shoot with Forbes Woman Africa June-July 2015, out now on shelves

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A behind the scenes set-up of the studio. GLADYS BROWN

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“The ‘Chasing Shadows’ photoshoot came together after weeks of meticulous planning. We wanted to merge the concept of black and white, the clothing style of the season, with photography. After much debate, and a few too many co­ffees, the team finally came up with the concept of using the shadows of the models to complement their bodies and the clothing. It was quite unique in this respect, as we were not only trying to emphasize fashion, but also capture the models in mid-motion, quite like they were chasing their own shadows.”

Thanks to all the people who were part of this collaboration:

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PHOTOGRAPHER JAY CABOZ

PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT MOTLABANA MONNAKGOTLA

STYLIST JESSICA RAMOSHABA

STYLIST’S ASSISTANT NOTHILE KHUMALO

MODELS NICOLE VAN DOUWE AND GLADYS BROWN FROM ALUSHI MODELS

MAKE-UP PAULINAH MANYAMA

 

 

Go on Your Own Power Trip – Fashion Shoot with Forbes Woman Africa April-May 2015

This was my first ever fashion shoot – a fun experience and I am sure I will be a lot more work with Forbes Woman Africa in the future.

“The African businesswoman is a woman on the move. For this issue’s fashion spread, I wanted to breathe life into this concept. We wanted the images to speak of the strong inner confidence that a businesswoman needs to make it as an entrepreneur, while at the same time looking fabulous. This is what the entrepreneurial spirit is all about, taking chances and putting yourself out there.”

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Cover Shoot – Brimstone for Forbes Africa Magazine

SEE THE FULL STORY HERE

I flew down a few weeks ago to get my second cover of the year for Forbes Africa Magazine. March 2015 Edition, out now on shelves and also written by me.

I would like to introduce Fred Robertson, a former teacher, and his partners Mustaq Brey, a self-taught chartered account from Wynberg, and Lawrie Brozin from Johannesburg – the men of Brimstone Investment.

At the turn of South African democracy these three men, from three different worlds, set out in the shadow of Table Mountain, in Cape Town, to change their fortunes. In April, it will be 20 years since they took $840,000 from working people in Cape Town and turned it into $628 million.FA 2015 Mar OFC

Shoot

1. How I got the shot?

Shooting in harsh sunlight is not always a walk in the park. Sunlight can be your friend and also your enemy. In order to place the Brimstone crew in front of Table Mountain the angle meant they were 1/3 in shadow and the other 2/3 in the sunlight.

So what do you do?

Obviously for a cover photo we weren’t going to use natural light so we packed up two Mono Heads. You then can underexpose your photograph so that the background is slightly darker and then blast your lights at full power. (See pic 1 and pic 2 below). The same effect can be created with two speedlights synced up, the Mono Heads are more powerful though.

In effect what you want to do is overpower the sunlight with the Mono Heads to cancel out the shadows.

To darken you background and soften the glare you can also use an ND filter. The filter acts like a Polaroid lens. Ever noticed how when you are at the beach the white sand can blind you? Well this is what the ND filter reduces. It also helps to darken the background, making it easier to shoot with artificial lights.

If you didn’t have the ND filter you would have to shoot at F16 or F32,which will create more depth of field in the background. (And yes I wanted to differentiate the background so I shot at F8). It also becomes a question of balancing the artificial light. Most cameras will only be able to sync at 1/200 or slower 1/60. (You get faster but this was what I was working with) With such a bright light outside this would have been tricky. At F8, without a ND filter you are looking at a shutter speed of somewhere in the region of 1/500 or 1/1000 to fast for the artificial lights.

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Picture 1: This is a photo taken without lights. See how the shadows are quite dark on their faces. You can’t see their eyes at all. For the cover shot this was the exposure I set my camera to, notice how dark the background is.

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Picture 2: It’s not in focus but you can clearly see how a flash can overpower the surrounding light. It is made easier because you underexpose for the background.

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Picture 3: Here is a behind the scenes shot. See how Nisaar and Nazima have to hold the lights up. As a consequence we couldn’t use diffusers to soften the white light with the monopods — they would have blown away. (We even had sandbags by the way) You can also see the wind blowing Brozin’s jacket on the far left.

2. Unexpected things? – WIND

Weather permitting Cape Town is one of the most beautiful locations in Africa to shoot. Emphasis on weather permitting. Luckily we had a few hands on deck to hold up the mono lights thanks Nisaar and Nazima! 🙂 (Picture 3)

It’s pretty much a waiting game when it comes to capturing the right moment. Outdoor shoots are tricky when you have to wait for the wind to lull. But the Brimstone crew were willing to embrace the moment (which I am quite grateful about)

3. Body Positioning?

Body position can make or break a shot. In Picture 1 you can see the Brimstone crew are standing in a tiered position. Shoulder behind shoulder. When we were initially brain storming the shoot (Yes we do this for all our shoots) we thought this would look appealing.

At the shoot I felt this was a little too posed and it looked extremely unnatural and too much like a Facebook photo.

We eventually moved the gentlemen to more of an inverted pyramid. 1. It slims the figure. 2. It leads the eye to the subjects. 3. In bright sunlight people tend to squint so I had to angle the bodies to get the subjects to look at me without closing their eyes.
Overall I was very happy with the outcome. It was something different to put on our cover and it was a challenge to overcome.

Portrait – South Africa Squash Woman No.1 Siyoli Waters and brother Luvuyiso Lusaseni Lions Rugby Union

Portrait – South Africa’s Woman Rank No. 1 Siyoli Waters and brother Luvuyiso Lusaseni Lions Rugby Union

South Africa’s women squash champion Siyoli Waters and her younger brother Luvuyiso Lusaseni, professional rugby player with the Lions Rugby Union in Johannesburg. We challenged the two for a brother versus sister competition in the squash court. Needless to say Siyoli won quite easily. I nearly got hit twice during the match.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – The Wanderers Club, Johannesburg with Siyoli Waters and Luvuyiso Lusaseni
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine November Issue

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