Chantelle du Plessis

I was born in South Africa, studied in the United States and now I live and work in Bogotá, Colombia. I first fell in love with photography during high school and have rarely been seen without a camera since.  I began my career as a photojournalist shooting film, developing and processing prints in a dark room, and although I have since switched to digital, my dark room days will forever hold a special place in my heart. 


I love to document my travels, capturing both the finer details and the big picture. Growing up in South Africa allowed me to develop a strong admiration and appreciation for wildlife and nature. While I love to experience new cities and cultures, I find myself constantly paying attention to the natural world around me.





Eastern University, PA

MA, International Development


University of Houston, TX

BS, Hotel & Restaurant Management & Minor, Studio Art





Contributing Photographer, Bogotá Post

Destination & Tour Photographer, Andes EcoTours

Press Photographer, Latin Grammys Pepsi Blue Carpet Bash

Community Editor Assistant & Photographer, Houstonian

Staff Photographer, Panorama

Staff Photographer, County Line newspaper





Wild and Wonderful: Tourism, Faith & Communities (co-author)

Aves de Bogotá (33 photos published)

The Magic of Los Llanos (photo diary)

Chingaza national park: A spectacular escape from Bogotá (article)



Awards & Honours


1st Place, B/W - Katy Rice Harvest Festival

1st Place, Student Life - ILPC

Honorable mention - Katy Rice Harvest Festival

Honorable mention - 

Top 50 - WWF 50th Anniversary Photography Contest

Foto de la Semana - FotoMuseo Bogotá

2nd Place - Curso de Fotografía ENO 2016