Recognition of our work
"There's no better way to communicate across cultures than with images which take your breath away. One photo can change a life. The 'Wembley to Soweto' kids are an example of that."
Kweku Mandela, Grandson of Nelson Mandela.
- The young photographers have been selected to take photographs for the United Nations.
- Individual photographs taken by the chosen 8 have been exhibited and sold in top galleries in New York, London and Johannesburg, and the proceeds have been invested into their schools in the form of 200 chairs, a new plumbing system and structural renovations.
- One of the 8, Thapelo Motsumi became the youngest ever student to be accepted onto the photojournalism course at the Market Theatre Photographic Workshop in Johannesburg – the course whose former alumni include Jodi Bieber, winner of the World Press Photo 2010
- The young photographers have had fashion photographs published in Vice and Marie-Claire magazines and have completed shoots for communications giant Vodacom.
- Thapelo Motsumi – at 19 years of age - took his first ever flight as he went to Cape Town on a commission to shoot images of the South African Parliament.
- Two young people from Gateshead and Newcastle were chosen to work with Ian Horrocks, the official Newcastle United photographer, pitch-side, for the day
- In July of 2011, 60 of the Wembley to Soweto images were exhibited at the prestigious gallery@oxo on London's South Bank.
- Three of the photographers were afforded the opportunity to come to the UK to not only attend their own London exhibition but to work with the Tutu Foundation and share their experiences with other disadvantaged youngsters from London's East End.
- They were invited to the charity gala of the Harry Potter premiere in London, to photograph both Professor Green in concert at Somerset House and Hugh Masekela and his band at the Hackney Empire and asked to photograph numerous celebrities - including Alan Rickman, Richard E Grant, Emily Watson, Tamzin Outhwaite, Tamsin Greig, Gina McKee and Bill Nighy .
- Media coverage of the project has ranged from the BBC, ITV, Telegraph, Guardian and Big Issue to Amateur Photographer, Time Out and the South African News.
- The teenagers were invited to the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
- Over 4,000 youngsters in Elmbridge interacted with the photographs as schools and colleges incorporated the project into their teaching
- W2S chosen as backdrop to Cumbria's 'Year of Child 2012'
- Thapelo was invited to be guest of honour at Newcastle United where the exhibition filled the stadium for the Barclays Premier League game against Liverpool on April 1, 2012. Thapelo was presented with a Newcastle United shirt honouring 100 years of the ANC, and one of his photographs was blown up to 20m in diameter and displayed on the centre circle in front of 55,000 fans in the stadium and 200 million TV viewers world-wide. A replica of this photograph is now on permanent display in the Leazes End at the stadium
- In May 2012, Wembley to Soweto was chosen as the cause of choice by the producers of "Mandela's Children" for an exclusive premiere of highlights of this documentary feature film at The Brighton International Festival. "Mandela's Children", crafted around Nelson Mandela's last authorised interview conducted by his grandchildren, opens globally in 2013. Students from the Wembley to Soweto project have been chosen to be official photographers at the Worldwide Gala Premieres.