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Charlaine Gerber, born 1960 South Africa, discovered her passion for photography later in life. She received her B.Cur* from the Rand University of South Africa in 1983 and worked in the medical industry for more than 30 years. 

Charlaine Gerber is a South African fine art photographer with her business name Pia Lux (loving the light) who creates stunning and unique images using composite photography. She has a passion for light, color, and storytelling, and her work often explores themes such as nature, emotions, dreams, and symbolism. She has been widely published and has received numerous awards both nationally and internationally. She also gives workshops, talks, presentations and online tutorials to share her skills and vision with other photographers. 


"Pia Lux is the Latin phrase for 'Loving the Light' and is the essence of the way I see photography and create art photography as I do. Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer."

"I have had a love for photography for many years but more recently a particular interest in art photography to create unique photos. I had a creative vision to not merely capture a realistic rendition or mere representation of the subject, but aim to produce a more personal, maybe evocative or atmospheric impression with my photos that might go beyond realism. I have a special interest in fine art photography, and often take photos to use in composites to create an work of art or symbolism which can be interpreted in many different ways"

Some of her achievements are:


- She won the 1x Photo Awards in 2017 , which is a prestigious international competition for artistic photography.

- She was nominated for the Photographer of the Year award at the Lucie Awards in New York in 2018 

which is one of the highest honors in the photography industry.

- 2018 exhibition of a finalist photo in Spain

- She won the Fine Art category of the Africa Photo Awards in 2020 which

is a continental platform for celebrating African photography.

 - she won the ‘editorial’ category of the Africa Awards in 2021

-  She has had three solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions around the world 

  • She has more than 300 national and international medals and honors to her name

  • She has numerous published works in a wide variety of magazines and sites


  • Some of her achievements in the PSSA is as follows

    • 2014- 2022 Photographer of the year in varied clubs in SA

    2017 - Marike Bruwer Trophy Winner

    2018 3rd place Marike Bruwer Trophy

    2019 3rd place in the Impala trophy of the PSSA

    2020: Top ten award Impala trophy

    2021: Top ten Impala Trophy

    2022: Photographer of the year

    - Top ten Award Impala trophy

    - 1st place Impala trophy prints

    2023: Photographer of the year and winner of 5 trophies in different genres

  • she was awarded her LPSSA in June 2016 and her APSSA in June 2017, and DPSSA in 2019.


You can see some of her amazing work on her website, her profile of all her awarded works on, her 500px profile, or her Instagram account. 


She is a talented and inspiring photographer who pushes new boundaries in fine art photography.

Since Charlaine took up photography in 2013 she has been widely published and has received numerous accolades both nationally and internationally. She received her LPSSA in June 2016 and her APSSA in June 2017. To date Charlaine holds more than 200 National and international medals and won numerous competitions and she's had three solo exhibitions. She also gives workshops and talks regularly and sells online video tutorials.

Charlaine's range of topics stretch from landscape, nature, macro and art photography. Widely recognised for her innovation, Charlaine works mostly in composite photography with an emphasis on narrative, giving a different perspective to scenes.  

Find me online:


Instagram charlaine_pialux

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