James Oatway is an independent South African photographer. 

The former Chief Photographer and Picture Editor of the Sunday Times newspaper, he has been freelancing since 2016. He has covered many important stories in South Africa and abroad, but has a special interest in telling under reported stories in Africa.

On 18 April 2015, he photographed a fatal attack by South African men on Mozambican migrant Emmanuel Sithole. The images of the attack sparked outrage and made international headlines.
 

In 2015, he was on the judging panel for the News Division of the 72nd Pictures of the Year International (PoYI) Awards at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

His work has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, TIME, Science, ColorsParis-Match and others. He has been commissioned by various Non-Governmental Organisations such as: Open Society Foundation (OSF); Doctors Without Borders (MSF); One.org; Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI); Amnesty International; The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER); Oxfam and Action Aid among others. He has also worked with the WHO and the UNHCR.

Oatway is a member of Panos Pictures
Awards listed below.

Meadowlands, Soweto, 2012.

Meadowlands, Soweto, 2012.

AWARDS:

2016: CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards 2016: Winner - Mohamed Amin Photojournalism Award.

2016: Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Winner - South African Story of the Year.

2016: Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Winner - News Photographs.

2015: Vodacom Journalist of the Year - Overall National Winner (South Africa).

2015: Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards - National Photography Winner.

2015: Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Finalist (Feature Photographs); Finalist (Sports Photographs).

2014: Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Finalist (News Photographs).

2013: Pictures of the Year International (POYi) - 2nd Place (Newspaper Photographer of the Year).

2013: Pictures of the Year International (POYi) - 2nd Place (Newspaper News Picture Story).

2012: Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Finalist (News Photographs); Commended (Feature Photographs).

2011: Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Award of Excellence (Multimedia Project - Impact 2010).

2011: Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards (Central Region Photography Winner).

2010: Prix Bayeux-Calvados (des correspondants de guerre) Finalist.

2010: Sony Profoto Awards: News Image of the Year.

2009: Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Award of Excellence (Newspaper News Picture Story).

2008: Abdul Shariff Award (in Memory of Photographers who lost their lives in the line of duty).

2007: Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards - National Photography Winner.

2006: Fuji Press Photographer of the Year - Highly Commended.

2005: Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards - Runner-up Feature Photography.

2004: Fuji Press Photographer of the Year - Highly Commended.

2004: Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards - Runner-up News Photography.

2003: Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards (Eastern Region Photography Winner).