Trevor Stevens
5 minute read
23 Nov 2019
6:25 am

The sports photographer who captured SA’s three Rugby World Cup victories

Trevor Stevens

Award-winning South African sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been capturing great moments in sport since 1962. He was there to document the Springbok Rugby World Cup triumphs in 1995, 2007 and 2019. He speaks to The Citizen about his experience.

Photographer and former Picture Editor for The Citizen Wessel Oosthuizen poses for a photograph at his home in Roodepoort, 12 November 2019. Picture: Michel Bega

As scores of photographers fought to position themselves for the perfect snap of Siya Kolisi and his squad of World Cup-winning Springboks lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan earlier this month, there was an equally interesting story unfolding from behind the lens of one of the few South African photographers at the stadium. Wessel Oosthuizen, the 76-year-old former picture editor of The Citizen, has taken sport photographs since starting at Die Vaderland newspaper in 1962. Attend a match at Ellis Park and you are almost guaranteed to see Oosthuizen, camped on the sidelines, camera in tow. It’s his passion,...