Edwin Morolong is a creative and passionate self-taught photographer based in the tourism capital of Botswana, Maun. Despite his full time career as a teacher, Edwin specializes in landscape and portraits types of photography creating narrative and inspiring photographs that have been used in print and electronic media, canvas prints as well as tracing paper prints mostly about Botswana’s culture, people, wildlife, landscapes and landmarks.
His timeless photographs are inspired by his love of travelling and reading and the need to tell Botswana’ story through photography as well as promote local tourism among the locals. Edwin’s work is also inspired by other renowned local wildlife photographers such as Onalenna Basimane, Victor Horatius, Moa Monwela, Letsogile Kamogelo, Dennis Smith as well as Thalefang Charles who has travelled extensively across Botswana and internationally and has recently published a book called ‘Botswana’ Top 50 Ultimate Experiences’.
Edwin has exhibited his work at the Maun Hospitality and Trade Expo where he scooped Position One for the Best Overall Exhibitor. He has also exhibited at the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa Conference hosted by the Botswana Node in Maun, 2017.
He has also done photography works for Botswana Wild Bird Trust, CEDA (Serowe District Show: 2015- 2016), The National Mascom Derby, Orange Togetherness Music Festival, Girls in Aviation Commemoration Day’, Debswana Bicycle Challenge as well as the Boteti Mine’s General Manager Cycling Challenge and is also a commissioned photographer for the Otjigirine Cultural Festival for the Ovambanderu from 2008 to 2015. His most remarkable career highlight was covering the Race for Rhinos in 2016 in Makgadikgadi, Lekhubu/Kubu Island for Gaing’O Community Trust, where he rubbed shoulders with international aviation photographers.
Kindly briefly tell us about yourself, what do you do, and what are you up to next in your career?
I am a self- taught photographer who is intrigued by the love for nature especially our wildlife. For the past 52 years Botswana’s story on wildlife has been told by people from outside our country. I started the journey to tell Botswana’s Wildlife Story in 2016 upon my relocation to Maun. I am a teacher by profession and a part time photographer who aspires to become a leading wildlife photographer. I got the opportunity through my stunning wildlife photos to be invited to the Wild shots Wildlife Photography Symposium in Cape Town. I will be among 14 wildlife photographers from around the world who will be addressing the attendants at the meet. I am the third Motswana to address the conference since its inception. My presentation at the symposium is titled; ‘Botswana’s Wildlife- My Inspirational Story’.
Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
I am a hunter.
We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a BWP10 million lottery ticket. What would you do?
I would invest part of the money in our company to purchase photography equipment, invest in our kids’ education and invest the remaining in tourism.
What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
Brothers of Peace- Manyonyoba
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
I would be a hyena because it is one animal that never gives up easily and would always try to attain and accomplish the mission at the end of the day.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A bottle of wine.
Tell me something about your last job, other than money, that would have inspired you to keep working there.
I am still keeping my first job. I am a (primary school) teacher.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Stiga Sola recognising me from my interview with BTV and he said; “Morwa yo o teng mo TV yame le ko go ya ga mmama o teng…’
Pretend you’re our President. What three concerns about the country’s future keep you up at night?
Improve working conditions for workers as well as learners, land allocation and distribution and amend some tourism regulations and statutes to allow participation of the citizens to fully participate in the tourism sector.
What inspires you?
The need to be a better person than I am today and provide better for my family.
What do you work towards in your free time?
Being a teacher and doing photography part-time do not give a chance to have free time because from work I have to see what has to be done for the company, appointments, deadlines, editing, travelling in between as well as researching on photography through the internet.