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


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”



Wacera Ngunjiri, Africa 24 Media, Kenya

“Cape town Gunshot detection system”

Adeline Tchouakak,  Le Messager, Cameroon

“Les réseaux sociaux pour remplacer les médias classiques ?”


Jay Caboz, Forbes Africa Magazine, South Africa

The Dead Port That Rose Again
















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 – Nicky Oppenheimer for Forbes Africa Magazine

My first cover for the year turns out to be one of the biggest names in African business – Nicky Oppenheimer, for Forbes Africa Magazine.

Nicky Oppenheimer and his family – worth $6.8 billion according to FORBES – are looking to blaze a trail across Africa – its out with diamonds and in with investment in Africa’s entrepreneurs.  The Oppenheimer wealth makes them the third richest in Africa.

“The Oppenheimer family ended its 85-year reign atop diamond giant De Beers in 2012 when Nicky sold his 40% stake to mining conglomerate Anglo American for $5.1 billion in cash. Anglo American, which Nicky’s grandfather founded, now controls 85% of De Beers; the government of Botswana owns the remaining 15%. 

Nicky Oppenheimer served on Anglo American’s board for 37 years through 2011, and he retains an estimated 1.8% stake in the company. Now he’s turning to private equity through his E. Oppenheimer & Son, which controls investment arms Stockdale Street Capital and Tana Africa Capital, a joint venture with Singapore government-owned investment firm Temasek. Tana holds minority interests in African food manufacturers Promasidor and Regina Co.”

— (FORBES.com)

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I didn’t quite know what to expect when meeting Mr Oppenheimer. He is known to be very media shy. He turned out to be quite relaxed as we chatted about cricket and Pangolins during the shoot. Time with businessmen is a rare thing, and with Mr Oppenheimer we had about half an hour to shoot.

Things to do to make the most of your half an hour shoot:

1. Pre-scout

With limited time and with us shooting on location it’s always advised that you try and arrange a pre-scout of the space. Also try go at the same time as the shoot to gauge the lighting.

2. Have a backup.

When we did Mr Oppenheimer’s pre-scout, I immediately noticed the office space was too busy for our cover shot. There was too much going on. So we brainstormed other solutions and came up with a low key shoot with a black backdrop.

3. A mock set-up

When renting kit, you could always practice on someone the day before, at another similar location, so that you have an idea where to put your equipment and the settings.

4. Don’t mess around

You and your client are not there to mess around. Work efficiently. Know the body positions you want to work with. Have everything set up (arrive an hour before the client if you have to) before the client arrives. Then make minor adjustments to your lighting. The last thing you want to have is technical issues before you have even started.

5. Have a spare flash to shoot ‘off the grid’

Nothing ever goes according to plan. An interview may run late. Your subject may need to leave on an emergency. Have a portable flash set up and be ready to go if you have to abandon the studio. Follow the client until they have to leave…and then follow them to their car. Snap along the way if you have to make sure you have got a variety of shots.


This gives you a better idea of how we set up the photo.

This gives you a better idea of how we set up the photo. I removed the softbox on the right of the figure, and lowered the power to 1/16 for the head shot.





Portrait – Mark Bennett, iSchool

Portrait – Mark Bennett, iSchool

Beneath a rusty ceiling, in a room whose light blue paint is peeling from its cracked walls, Juste chisenga hands each of his seven-year-old pupils their latest learning aid – ultra-cheap tablet computers with software in Bemba, a language spoken across north-east Zambia. Known as ZEduPads, the tablets are part of a project aimed at making computers part of the everyday schooling of all young Zambians.

Dreamed up by British-born Mark Bennett, the solar-charged computers make technology accessible to children even where electricity supplies are non-existent. Available in all eight of Zambia’s official languages and preloaded with 12,000 classes, the tablets can be used almost anywhere in the country, allowing children to keep track of their individual progress across every subject they study.

Mark arrived in Zambia in 1985 on a two-year contract to work at a computer center at the University of Zambia. He stayed for twelve years, before branching out on his own, first starting africonnect, an internet service provider he sold to Vodacom in 2005, and then launching ZEduPad. Already, 7,000 of the tablets have been distributed across Zambia. “We’ve spent around US$6 million developing the software,” says Mark. “So far, we have had 2.3 million words translated into local languages and a quarter of a million sounds.”

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – Kasisi Mission School, Zambia (A couple of kilometers outside of Lusaka) with Mark Bennett
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine May Issue, The Other Hundred Winner



Mark Bennett (left) at Kasisi Missionary School



Officially a “The Other Hundred Winner” — Jay Caboz #photographer Forbes Africa Magazine

It is with great pleasure that I can announce I am one of the “The Other Hundred” winners.  My entry — The Tablets Curing Rural Education was published in the Forbes Africa May 2014 Edition.


In a rural school that has seen better days, seven-year-olds are now learning on innovative tablets. This is the $6-million brainchild of Mark Bennett who wants Zambia to embrace education-based technology at a grassroots level.

I was very fortunate to visit one of the schools where they are using the tablets in Zambia. Amazing to see in a place with no electricity children working on these things.

More of the story in Forbes Africa May 2014 edition. You can also see it featured in the top images of the month.

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The Other Hundred — focuses on stories that capture the entrepreneurial spirit of people can be when it comes to taking control of their lives.

From their Website: The Other Hundred is a unique not-for-profit photo-book initiated by the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT) aimed at providing a counterpoint to the mainstream media consensus about some of today’s most important issues.

At its heart, The Other Hundred is an attempt to introduce readers to the vast majority of people, ideas, places and cultures simply ignored by most major media publications. Whether it is an excessive focus on extremes of wealth or poverty, the obsession with whatever is dominating the current news cycle or the pushing of a particular political agenda, mainstream news no longer accurately reflects the experience of most people around the world.

Through an annual series of books, each focusing on a particular issue or subject, The Other Hundred will provide an alternative and refreshing view on everything from people and their homes to performers, chefs and authors.




The below shot was taken a few minutes after this shot. Taken at the Apopo training field in Angola.

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This story took eight months to complete. Angola is not the easiest location to work as a journalist, there is a lot of red tape. In the end it was worth the effort. Angola is the third most landmine ridden country in the world with estimates of between 10-20 million landmines still uncovered in the countries rural areas.

The Apopo rats story is one of Africa’s great achievements that will help save lives across the world, not just Africa.

One other interesting thing is that the rats can be trained to sniff out TB, which could drastically change the face of African disease detection.

For more on the article I wrote – follow the links below


CNBC Africa – TV interview


How did I get this shot? — look below. This was an actual mine field in the village of Camatenda, Malanje in Angola. You’ll see I am wearing the full safety gear. 

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The Tablets Curing Rural Education – #photograph #article in #Forbes Africa May

In a rural school that has seen better days, seven-year-olds are now learning on innovative tablets. This is the $6-million brainchild of Mark Bennett who wants Zambia to embrace education-based technology at a grassroots level.

I was very fortunate to visit one of the schools where they are using the tablets in Zambia. Amazing to see in a place with no electricity children working on these things.

More of the story in Forbes Africa May 2014 edition. You can also see it featured in the top images of the month.

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My favorite photos from the #DusiMarathon – @ForbesAfrica Assignment

Facing searing heat, treacherous rapids, menacing rocks and children throwing stones, more than 800 paddlers risked their necks on 119 kilometers of the rough white waters of South Africa’s Msunduzi River. Nearly a hundred didn’t make it. The Dusi Marathon, from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, is not for the faint hearted.

For more on the story get a copy of the Forbes Africa April Edition:


Paddlers emerge from the Ernie Pearce Weir in the 2014 Dusi Marathon, one of South Africa’s most well known canoe races. The race is run over three days in the searing heat along the Msunduzi River from Pietermartizberg to Durban. Of the 817 teams who took part, 715 finished. This shot required both timing and a close encounter as the front packed slammed down the Pier in large groups. 400mm at 1/4000 at f5,6


On a misty morning on Day 1


The chaos of Ernie Pearce Weir


Pedestrians crossing a low level bridge as paddlers make their way out of Pietermartizburg


More rapids on Day 2


Approaching the end of Day 2


Day 3 – paddlers launch their boat after a portage, that is getting out of the water and carrying the 23kg canoe rather than risk floundering on the rocks.


Lifeguards watch paddlers as they approach rapids on Day 3


A close shot of paddlers as they take on the Tops Needle on Day 3. One of the racing team split their canoe in half and ran the rest of the way with half a canoe each to Durban. It took them four and a half hours to cross the finish line.


The spirit of the race is amazing to see. Family members are roped in to help the racers. In the searing heat cool water is thrown onto paddlers at every opportunity.

Hunting the Hunters, South African Anti-Rhino Poachers- Photo Essay

Forbes Life – Photo Essay published in October, FORBES LIFE

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The foot soldiers in the war against rhino poaching risk their lives every night. Preventing poachers from wiping the rhino off the face of Africa is a job for unsung heroes. Often, all they have are blisters to show for it.

They face questions from loved ones over the risky lives they lead. Last year a lion dragged a sleeping anti-poaching officer from his bed under the stars and killed him.

It costs R20,000 ($1,900) a month for one unit, working as a two man team.

They have to be quick. All it takes for a poacher to kill a rhino is an hour. In five hours, the horn can be over the border and on a plane. Anti-poaching officers are on high alert 24/7. All have military training. This is a taste of their hard lives, as private money is introduced to the brutal game to save the rhino.

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