'Available light is any damn light that is available!' – W. Eugene Smith

About the Photographer

Photo: Heather Mason

In South Africa, Jon worked as a staff photographer at The Pretoria News, The Sunday Times, and Sportsday, and freelanced for the Associated Press and Reuters. Most recently he worked for the European PressPhoto Agency, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also worked as a freelance photographer for various NGOs and other organizations.

Jon was named the Ilford South African Press Photographer of the Year in 1991 as well as the Allied/M-Net South Africa Sports Photographer of the Year. He has won multiple South African Press Awards, as well as a Bronze Award at the 2010 South African Profoto Awards. He was awarded third place for Environment and Nature Stories at the .

Jon was passionate about documentary photography that makes a difference. In 2000, he spent three months documenting the rescue of African penguins after a massive oil spill off the coast of South Africa for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). His photographs were the subject of Spill – Saving Africa’s Oiled Penguins, a book about the penguin rescue published by IFAW.

Jon was one of the primary photographers for the , and spent years documenting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. He documented a unique HIV program in rural Lesotho, which appeared in news outlets around the world and later went on to be featured on ABC’s 20/20 and CNN’s Inside Africa. Jon’s photo of a child playing next to an EGPAF-supported health clinic in Swaziland was runner-up in the .

Jon’s photos appeared in countless national and international publications, including:

  • National Geographic
  • The New York Times
  • International Herald Tribune
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Time Magazine
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The London Sunday Times Magazine
  • The Times of London
  • The South China Morning Post
  • The Daily Mail
  • Rugby World Magazine
  • Illustreret Videnskab Magazine

Jon Hrusa passed away on December 19, 2011. He will be sorely missed, both as a photographer and as a human being. .


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