About Juan van den Heever

My name is Juan van den Heever. I was born in Nelspruit on the 9th of December 1999. After moving to Johannesburg in 2000 my father, Wim van den Heever, became a full-time photographer. I received my first camera on my 6th birthday and was commonly seen clicking away at scenes around the house of whatever I found interesting. On a family vacation in 2008 to Knysna and Wilderness I fell in love with photography. From then I have accompanied my father on many of his safaris. I used my first professional kit on a safari to the Masai Mara in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, after entering the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice Photographic competition, I received a "highly honoured" certification in the Youth Photographer of the Year category. In 2014 I was awarded the overall grand title winner in the Youth category of this competition. In 2015 I received the overall winner and first runner-up in the "Youth 13-18 years" category in the Nature's Best Africa Competition.