Greg Chapman

I am an enthusiast surfing photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

I am not a natural creative and photography was "discovered" by accident in 1998.
My first batch of photo's , taken at my local beach, received much encouragement from my surfing friends.
As i lived right by a super fun surfing break I become more interested with surfing photography.

In 2006, while studying a Business Degree, I decided to take my photography more seriously and upgraded my basic film camera and lenses.
Very soon after acquiring a decent long lens and a fantastic Canon EOS 3 film SLR camera, I landed my first double page spread in ZigZag surfing magazine.

In 2008 i reluctantly went digital.
Since then I have had a number of photos published locally and internationally. These include:
ZigZag surfing magazine, Saltwater girl surf surfing magazine, Carve surf mag, Coven Magazine, Photography Monthly magazine, Saltwater Girl Magazine, Womens Surf Style Magazine and local newspapers
I have also shot surf advertising for a number of brands including: O'Neill South Africa, Billabong South Africa and Reef Wetsuits South Africa
I have covered surfing contests including: The Bloodscan J-Bay challenge, RipCurl Grom search, the Western Province surfing champs, RVCA events at Melkbos and Strand and the Oneill ColdWater Classic.
In 2012 I was awarded the Media Award from Western Province Surfing.

I see myself as primarily a Surfing photographer.
I am willing to try new forms of photography as long as it is of interest to me.
I have received a little creative training in the form of a Dynamic photography certificate from the National Collage of Photography and Photoshop CS4 training from Mekon in England.\

Outside of photography I have a Bcomm degree specializing in Economics and Business Management.
I have an active interest in local and international current affairs.
I enjoy the outdoors and try live a fit and healthy lifestyle with "mild" interests in running and swimming.

What is in my Kit bag?

  • Canon EOS 3 + PBE2
  • Canon EOS 1 D mark II N
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon EF 17-40mm F:4 L
  • Canon EF 70-200mm F:2.8 L IS
  • Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II
  • Canon EF 400mm F:2.8 L IS
  • Sigma 10mm Fisheye
  • Canon 15mm Fisheye
  • Canon Extenders 1.4xII and 2x II
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX
  • Manfrotto Tripod with a 501 video head
  • SPL water housing

Connect with me

Find my contact details here and visit my portfolio here.