Photographer / Writer / Editor

Mana Meadows


About me: I’m a writer, photographer and editor based between Harare, Zimbabwe and Lusaka, Zambia. I’m motivated by exploring stories about the protection of wilderness areas and stories surrounding the communities who live alongside these landscapes. I also like to work with local small businesses that promote purchase-with-purpose ideals and uplift their own communities in sustainable and dynamic ways.



Since graduating with a photojournalism degree nearly fifteen years ago, photojournalism has opened up vibrant new worlds for me. Most importantly, it has allowed me to stay close to the subject matters I care about.

I cut my teeth on an assorted fodder of written news and human interest stories for a weekly newspaper in my university town of Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, where subject matter could range from a rabies outbreak to Obie Oberholzer’s latest book. After that I discovered my love of editing, first in Tanzania where I edited both a travel and local in-flight magazine, and then in my home country Zimbabwe, where I edited a lifestyle magazine called Inspiration Avenue. In between I have freelanced in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe and most recently, in 2020 I wrote and co-edited a book on Desert & Delta Safaris, one of Botswana’s oldest and most progressive safari companies.

Conservation Storytelling: Together with my husband Matt, I am a co-founder of Conservation Storytelling – a company and platform solely focused on telling conservation stories in Africa. This was largely inspired by the fact that Matt and I often work together as we are both storytellers with very similar interests – these mostly intersect in the conservation & independent travel realms. Matt is a videographer with a background in sustainable livelihood restoration, while I focus on stills, writing and interviewing.

Walk Luangwa: In July 2020, together with a small team of three – and joined by various people along the way, we walked 350km unassisted along Zambia’s Luangwa River, walking through three National Parks in the process in order to share stories surrounding the communities who had lost their income due to the loss of tourism from  Covid-19.

Focus & Approach  

My main focus in my work is telling the stories of conservation organisations, Not-For-Profits and Purchase-with-purpose small businesses. 

My focus areas are varied, but they are a direct reflection of what is important to me and where I find meaning. Simply said, I tell stories about people, places and quality products –and I strive to do this in a way that evokes empathy and creates connection with the viewer or reader.

Approach:  Regardless of topic, my focus as a storyteller is always on depth, honesty, integrity, and slowing down enough to capture the unique details and spirit of a project, person or place. It is important to me to always do my work ethically, whether when approaching individuals for permission to document a community story, or photographing wildlife in a respectful, non-invasive manner.

Writing, Photography, Editing and Media Consulting & Training

Some days, my work in the field involves combining writing, editing and photography, and some days I only wear one hat. Either way, I use my background as a magazines feature editor to shape the way I tell all of the stories I work on.

 Media Consulting & Training

Aside from creating content, I also consult for charities and conservation organisations  that need a range of content created for their marketing and social media needs. Often this goes hand in hand with conducting workshops where Matt and I train an organisation’s staff on a range of in-house content creation skills, including writing, photography, creating short videos and preparing work for social media. Please drop me a line via my contact page if you’d like to hear more of what I offer regarding these options.

Writing & Editing

Mostly I do interviews and travel and conservation-related feature stories. Occasionally I am available for editing / writing commissions on larger bodies of work such as books and magazines. Please see here for more on this part of my work.


I tell stories about people, places and quality products. Please see here for more on my conservation, NGO and lifestyle portfolios and for more on my style and how I work. Usually I offer tailor-made packages ranging from a morning’s coverage, to a ten-day assignment. Please get in touch for more information.