Davina Jogi is a documentary photographer from Harare, Zimbabwe currently working between Zimbabwe and Australia. She focuses on social justice issues and has a particular interest in stories of identity and migration.

Davina holds an Honours degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography programme at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. She spent 2 years working as an assistant picture editor at The Times newspaper also in Johannesburg before pursuing a freelance career and returning home to Zimbabwe.

As a freelancer she has worked with a variety of local and international newspapers, magazines and NGOs. Her photography has been exhibited in southern Africa, Europe, USA and Australia and her images from the November 2017 de facto coup in Zimbabwe have recently featured in Lost and Found: Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope at the FNB JoburgArtFair and Unstill Life: African Women Photographers at Photo Kathmandu and are part of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s display at Addis Foto Fest 2018.

Davina is the recipient of a number of grants and awards for her photography including a 2013 National Arts Merit Award – the premier award  given by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of arts and culture.  This year, she was named one of Africa’s top 20 new and exciting talents at the FNB JoburgArtFair.

Davina a founding and current director of the Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers (ZAFP), which provides practical support and project-based training to women photographers.

She believes that, especially in the part of the world she comes from, the role of a journalist is as a storyteller and advocate.


Awards / Grants

  • Jury member, 'News and Documentary' Jury - World Press Photo, Amsterdam, 2019
  • Finalist, Iris Award - Perth Centre for Photography, Australia, 2018
  • Winner, Second Prize, Women at the Top - European Union and National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2014
  • Winner, Outstanding Exhibition, National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) - National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2013
  • Southern African Water Wire Fellowship - Inter Press Service Africa, 2013
  • Media and Advocacy Grant - Market Photo Workshop, 2012
  • Nominated, Emergency Fund Grants - Magnum, 2012
  • Nominated, Joop Swart Masterclass - World Press Photo, 2009, 2010 and 2012
  • Jack Simons Bursary for Excellence in African Studies - University of Cape Town, Cape Town, 2005

Education / Workshops

  • Creative Futures, British Council and Connect ZA, Johannesburg, 2014
  • Noor-Nikon Masterclass, Cape Town, 2012
  • Twenty Ten Project, African Media on the Road to 2010 - World Press Photo, Free Voice, Africa Media Online and Lokaalmondiaal, 2009 
  • Photojournalism and Documentary Photography - Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, 2008
  • Digital Photography Short Course - Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, 2007
  • BA (Hons) African Studies - University of Cape Town, 2005
  • BA English and History - University of Cape Town, 2004

Solo Exhibitions

  • 'The Cycle' - Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012
  • 'The Cycle' - National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2012
  • ‘Same Same but Different: Images from Africa and Asia’ – Centre for African Studies Gallery, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2007

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 'Not the Usual Suspects' - Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019
  • 'It's Not a Coup, It's a Kiss Goodbye' - Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2018
  • 'Unstill Life: African Women Photographers' - Photo Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2018
  • 'Iris Award Finalists' - Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, 2018
  • 'Legitimate Expectations' - Gallery 1989, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, 2018
  • 'Lost and Found: Resilience, Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope' - FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, 2018
  • 'Lost and Found: Resilience, Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope' - National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2018
  • 'Eyes on Main Street' - Streets of Wilson, North Carolina, USA, 2017, 2018
  • 'Collective '17' - Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, 2017
  • 'Women at the Top' - European Union and National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2014
  • 'Old and New: A Zimbabwean Italian Tale' - Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Rome, Italy, 2013
  • 'Engaging with the Other' - National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2013
  • 'The Search for a Better Life' - Henry Tiyali Gallery, Lusaka, 2009
  • 'Closed Constructions: Migrant Labour Hostels in Johannesburg' - Workers' Museum, Johannesburg, 2009