Shaun Swingler is an award-winning filmmaker and photojournalist based in South Africa. He focuses on social issues in southern Africa and abroad. In Shaun’s seven-year career as a journalist, stories have included the ongoing drug war in the Philippines, political assassinations in South Africa, wildlife trafficking in the DRC, rebuilding efforts in Gaza, health stories in conflict-hit Central Mozambique, and a soft coup in Zimbabwe among others.


The Guardian, Al Jazeera, BBC, VICE News, VICE Magazine, TIME, Foreign Policy, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Roads & Kingdoms, Daily Maverick, PDN, Outside Online, PBS, Discovery Channel, Mail & Guardian, L'Equipe, and many others.


2018 | South African Film and Television Award | Best Short Documentary - Nanlaban

2018 | South African Independent Film Festival | Best Documentary - Nanlaban

2017 | Ster-Kinekor Encounters Youth Jury Award | Best Short Documentary - Nanlaban

2016 | Foundry Photojournalism Workshop Golden Scarf

2016 | Vodacom Journalist of the Year regional co-winner | with Richard Poplak, Diana Neille & Sumeya Gasa

2016 | CNN Multichoice Africa Journalist Award co-winner | Economic Category winner with Richard Poplak, Diana Neille & Sumeya Gasa

2015 | 3rd Place Taco Kuiper Award co-winner | with Richard Poplak, Diana Neille & Sumeya Gasa


2018 | Singapore Eco Film Festival - Official Selection, Empty Shells

2018 | Los Angeles CineFest - Official Selection, Bearing Witness

2018 | Los Angeles CineFest - Official Selection, Nanlaban

2017 | Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival - Official Selection, Nanlaban

2017 | Frostbite International Indie Fest - Finalist, Nanlaban

2017 | Encounters Documentary Festival - Winner, Nanlaban

2017 | South African Independent Film Fest - Winner, Nanlaban


2013 Love is War: The Modimolle Monster | co-authored with Karyn Maughan. Jacana Media.


2018 Democracy - The Future Starts Here | V&A Museum, London 

2014 UnPublished | YoungBlood Gallery, Cape Town


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