Hywell Waters is a International Advertising Lifestyle Photographer with a specialization in Aviation, Lifestyle, Automotive photography. Based out of Dubai for the past two decades, he has established himself as a sought after photographer in the Middle East and beyond. His versatility and ability to adapt to the latest visual trends have contributed to his success in the industry.
Hywell’s creative eye and technical expertise have led him to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned brands, capturing iconic campaigns for global giants. His diverse portfolio reﬂects his ability to adapt to various genres and embrace the ever-changing visual styles in the advertising world. He loves to explore and experiment with different techniques, always striving to capture the essence of his subjects in a captivating and compelling manner This creative vision has allowed him to work and be trusted with top global clients, such as Samsung, Sony, Emirates, Etihad, Adidas, Barclays, Nike, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, and Microsoft.
Education played a vital role in shaping Hywell’s artistic vision and expertise. He pursued his academic journey at Rhodes University in South Africa, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Fine Art Photography with Distinction. During his time at Rhodes University, he was fortunate to receive various scholarships and bursaries, including the Rhodes Masters Scholarship, the Raymond Pullen Scholarship for the Arts, and the AGFA Masters and ATS bursaries.
Throughout his career, Hywell has consistently tried to push boundaries and take his craft to new heights. His unique ability to capture the essence of his subjects, combined with his technical skills, have earned him accolades and recognition from peers and clients alike. His inclusion in Phaidon’s BLINK: 100 Contemporary Photographers from around the World further cemented his position as a respected and inﬂuential ﬁgure in the global photography community. His talent was recognized early on, as he was chosen for the International Prize for Young Photojournalists in 1999 and received the esteemed Young African Photographer Award at Mali’s Recontres de la Photographie Africaine in 2001.
As a testament to his international acclaim, Hywell Waters was among the select few chosen to participate in the prestigious World Press Masterclass held in the Netherlands in 2000, further solidifying his status as a globally respected photographer. With an extensive list of exhibitions held across cities like Algiers, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bamako, Berlin, Dubai, Honﬂeur, London, Milan, Paris, Rotterdam, and various cities in South Africa, Hywell has shared his captivating visuals and unique perspectives with diverse audiences worldwide.
Hywell Waters’ photographic journey has been an inspiring tale of passion, dedication, and creativity. With a portfolio that spans continents and encompasses diverse industries, he continues to try push the envelope, always striving for excellence and capturing the essence of life through his lens for his clients. His ability to blend the worlds of advertising and authentic lifestyle photography has created a sought-after style that resonates with audiences in an ever changing world.
He remains committed to pushing the boundaries of his artistry and endeavouring to leave his indelible mark on the world of photography.