Hey there. I am a freelance media specialist based in Cape Town South Africa. Before turning freelance I was editor of Getaway, Africa’s première travel brand. I’m a pretty diverse character and am able to write and photograph as well as manage bigger content projects such as editing of a commercial magazine the size of Getaway.

I’m interested in all forms of communication media, and more and more am working as a content marketing strategist who has an intimate understanding of the subtle nuances which make appropriate content easily digestible.

Cameron Ewart-Smith (photo credit Kate Collins)

My life so far (i.e. my CV)

Nationality:
SouthAfrican/British

Education:

MSc Marine Biology (UCT) 1999

BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology (UCT) 1993

BSc Zoology and Oceanography (UCT) 1992

Languages: English, Afrikaans, basic Spanish

Employment History:

February 2010 – May 2014: Editor, Getaway

April 2004 – January 2010: Freelance Editor, Writer and Photographer

  • Editing:
    • Editor of Wild the quarterly magazine of the Wild Card Programme.
    • Lifestyle Editor of What’s New Doc (Health24.com)
    • Editor of Mitsubishi’s Xplore magazine (New Media Publishing).
  • Feature Writing:

Local and international publications including GQGetawayMaverickBBC WildlifeAfrican GeographicAfrica Birds and BirdingExpressionsWegDivestyleDrive Out.

  • Photography:
    • Local and international publications – National Geographic.comNature, GetawayMaverickBBC WildlifeGQ, African GeographicAfrica Birds and BirdingWegDivestyle.
    • Ford, FNB Bank, Nissan
    • Weddings
  • Books:
    • Just Add Dust (2005, Kwela)
    • The Getaway Guide to the Kruger National Park (2005, Sunbird)
    • Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route (2007, Struik)
  • Public Speaking & Teaching:
    • Compare Getaway Show
    • Various photography courses

May 2003 – April 2004: Travelling South America

My wife Justine and I travelled north to south through South America researching material for a book and various features.

June 2000 – April 2003: Senior Photojournalist, Getaway Magazine

My responsibilities included writing and photographing features, including numerous cover stories, editing the Gearing Up column which reviewed the latest gadgets and gear. In addition I was tasked with all studio photography during my time at the magazine.

January 2000 – June2000: SRK Consulting, environmental consultant

Employed on contract at the engineering firm SRK, working on the environmental impacts of new cell phone base stations

January 1997 – January 2000: Anchor Environmental Consultants

Founding partner and consultant. In this position I was responsible for numerous specialist marine impact assessments. In addition I operated as Anchor’s business manager, in charge of finance.

Key Strengths

  • Efficient, consultative management style
  • Good time management
  • Effective working in teams or alone
  • Particular about quality with specific attention to detail
  • Innovative and imaginative approach to features
  • Excellent problem solving capabilities
  • Financially savvy
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent public speaker and educator
  • Friendly outgoing personality

Core Abilities

  • Accomplished writer
  • Adept editor
  • Proficient digital photographer
  • Excellent computer skills including:
    • Adobe Indesign (working knowledge)
    • Adobe Photoshop (thorough working knowledge)
    • Microsoft Word Excel & Power Point (excellent)
    • Html & web design (working)
  • Public Speaking and event management

Interests and Hobbies

These are varied. I am a keen backpacker and climber and spend large amounts of time exploring mountain environments. In addition I am an experienced scuba diver and hold numerous sport and commercial diving qualifications. My indoor interests include reading – I have a particular fondness for second-hand books – military history, theatre, cooking and good wine.

References

Please e-mail me for the contact details of appropriate references.