Awards and Achievements.

Well all I can say is thank you God, to Him all the glory and honour. We won best Wedding Photographer in the Africa Photographic Awards 2010. Thanks to the team. Danie & Daleen and Edna for letting Danie work with me every weekend. We are honoured and privileged to be selected.

I was told by one of the judges that all three portfolios I entered into the awards made it into the top 5. We only entered the Best Wedding photographer category.

Here are the images I entered into the awards and the award.


J & D Photography has been invited to form part of Admired in Africa. This is what it is all about as stated on the web site.

“Admired in Africa is the only website that is exclusively dedicated to bringing together the top wedding photographers in Africa. By holding our membership up to the highest standards and ensuring that each of our members has passed a review process we have put together a group of some of the greatest wedding photographers on the continent. ”

We are so honoured and humbled to be included in this list of talented photographers.

Here is the link to J & D’s profile

and to get to the site click on the image below.

Admired In Africa Member


We just got back from the awards and took home 3 silver and one bronze.
2 Silver were for portfolios. There were no gold awards for the wedding category awarded.
1 Silver for a single image
1 Bronze for a single image

Thank you to God for giving me the talents to create these images for my clients.

It was the first time we entered the awards and I am very happy with what we were awarded.


J & D have been invited to be part of a new association of photographers. This group is invitation only and we were selected from a highly selective list of over 5000 wedding photographers around the world. The selection and invitation was sent to 350 photographers from around the planet. The panel of photographers on the Review board included some of the best in the world, David Beckstead, Ben Chrisman, Del Sol Photography (Matt Adcock and Sol Tamargo), Glen Johnson, Anna Kuperberg, Crash Taylor, and David Ziser.

We are so honoured and humbled to be included in this list of talented photographers from around the world. J & D is the only studio from South Africa that has been invited ……. makes you think does it not ……. 😉

Here is J & D’s profile


J & D has received some accolades in the last two months. We won the Silver VOW Award for Photography in Gauteng. This award has nothing to do with the quality of your images but is more about what your clients feel about you and how they experience you on the day. We received a lot of “Star of the day” awards from our clients from the last year. It also says something about the value for money your product offers.

At this point I am not sure if I trust the value of this award as it was the first year it ran and it had a lot of negativity around the organisers SABIA. Also the way the scoring works does not take into account your experience. Lets see what happens in the future around SABIA.

Then the 2009 Fuji Photography Awards were announced last week. J & D took 50% of the awards in the wedding section. We took the only Gold award, one Silver and 2 Bronze. We took 4 awards out of the 8 awarded. I dedicate the awards to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gives me the talent to do what I do from day to day. I love my job.

Here are the images that won.





Rangefinder magazine is one of the top international photographic magazines. It has been a goal of mine to get just one of my images published in the magazine. Having one of your images published in Rangefinder is like winning an Oscar for best actor. I am over the moon with the fact that they did a complete profile on me. As far as I know I am the second South African photographer to get published in the magazine.

To read the article click on the image


Glory to His name.


J & D Photography is the first South African studio to be invited to form part of ISPWP

As stated on the ISPWP web site.

“Quite simply, the best wedding photographers in the world

The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is a rarity among online wedding photography directories. We’re small. We’re exclusive. We’re picky. We are a worldwide group of top professional wedding photographers who have the experience, talent, and reputation to deliver outstanding wedding photography to our clients.”

This confirms that J & D is on international standard and can be compared with the best in the world.


Don’t Box Us IN !!!!!

We have been featured on the “Don’t box us in” blog. The blog is about wedding photographers who take their work to the next level and think outside of the box.

As stated on the blog

“A place for the different, the unique, the tasteful and the extraordinary in wedding photography, let’s say it simply, welcome to Don’t Box Us In.”

It is a real honour to be published amongst other great talents from around the world. As far as I know we are the only South Africans who made the blog.

To read the article about us go have a look at Don’t box us in


We have been featured on flashflavor again. It is a real honor for us to be recognized on an international level. We love what we do and that is reflected in our image. Here is the link to the post on the FlashFlavor blog. Thanks Matt for this opportunity.


Fuji Professional Awards 2008

The Fuji Awards (South Africa’s Premier photographic awards) were announced on 19 August 2008.

We were very excited to be awarded 11 awards this year.

These images are dedicated to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ who give us these talents. Glory to his name.

Here are the images that won awards.


We were very excited to be contacted by Matt Adcock who is the owner of the FlashFlavor blog. Matt asked us if he could post some of our work on the FlashFlavor blog and do a little write up about us.

I must admit that it is a great feeling to have your work and efforts recognized by your peers and by other amazing artists like Matt Adcock and David Beckstead .

Here is the write up about our work on the FlashFlavor blog.

Matt and his wife Sol does the most amazing “Trash The Dress” sessions somewhere in the South American jungle.

Check out these amazing sessions

Video 1

Video 2

One day I want to go do a session like that. So if you are a bride and you are game lets set a date !!!!

Some of our work has also been included in the “Inspirational Wedding Photography” group on the Flickr image hosting network. This group is by invitation only.

We would just like to say tank you very much to our wonderful clients that allow us to express our self in such an artistic way and thank you to God our Lord and saviour who has giving us the talents to be able to do what we do.


We were very excited and pleased to be the first photographers in South Africa to be listed on the Admired by David Beckstead web site.

Here are the links to the images. Enjoy.

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3


Fuji Professional Awards 2007

The Fuji Awards (South Africa’s Premier photographic awards) were announced on 31 August 2007.

This was the first year we entered the Fuji Professional Awards and we were very excited to be awarded 7 awards.

These images are dedicated to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ who give us these talents. Glory to his name.

Here are the images that won awards.


We are very pleased that 2 of our images have been chosen again for the “Admired by Beckstead” web site.

David is one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world and to have your images showcased on his site with other top wedding photographers from around the world is a real honour.

We now have a total of 5 images on the site.

Here are the 2 new images

Image 1

Image 2

Mario Sales - Well done Jaco & Daleen, some stunning work.The one with the spiral staircase is a killer shot, and those blue eyes of bride in the 1st image, “Wow” .
MarioSeptember 6, 2007 – 9:01 am

Jaco - Thanks Mario. You are a great inspiration to me. Thanks for encouraging us to enter and for inspiring me to become a great photographer like you are.September 6, 2007 – 12:10 pm

Natasha du Preez - Congrats! Your winning pics are stunning; getting recognition like this motivates one to do even better.

NatashaOctober 4, 2007 – 8:41 am

Gavin Blok - Congratulations Jaco and Daleen.

Hard work, passion and dedication deserves recognition. We hope you continue to win many more awards in the years to come.

We were excited and surprised to see Ananda’s picture(3rd from top) included in the awards. I have just emailed you a photo, freeze-framed from their wedding DVD, with you in the scene taking the above picture. I hope you enjoy it, and if you can, post it here on your blog.

Regards – GavinOctober 7, 2007 – 1:17 am

Jaco - Thanks Natasha for your comments. Yes it does motivate one to do even better.

Thank you Gavin for the kind words. It is always a pleasure to work with you and Natasha. Hope to see you soon.

Here is the image Gavin sent me from the shoot.

October 7, 2007 – 1:36 am

Coleenjn - well done, dudeMarch 22, 2008 – 2:40 am

candice - I just want to say I have never seen such brilliant photos! I was at a wedding this past weekend, of Janine and Dimitri, and they pictures you took are gorgeous! At least I know who my photographers will be when it’s my big day!!!

May 28, 2008 – 5:00 pm

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