Volunteers from Mojo Boxing Fitness in Sea Point spend time at St Pauls Primary School in Bo-Kaap teaching student the art of boxing. Picture: Tracey Adams
Volunteers from Mojo Boxing Fitness in Sea Point spend time at St Pauls Primary School in Bo-Kaap teaching student the art of boxing. Picture: Tracey Adams
Family and friends gather at the home of six-year-old Nazario Brady, who drowned in a water outlet near Muizenberg beach. Picture: Tracey Adams
Family and friends gather at the home of six-year-old Nazario Brady, who drowned in a water outlet near Muizenberg beach. Picture: Tracey Adams
A miner making his way to the coal mine to start his shift. Picture: Cindy Waxa
A miner making his way to the coal mine to start his shift. Picture: Cindy Waxa
Residents burn down the home of a man accused of molesting a six-year-old boy in Dunoon, Cape Town. Picture: Cindy Waxa
Residents burn down the home of a man accused of molesting a six-year-old boy in Dunoon, Cape Town. Picture: Cindy Waxa
Mourners say their final prayers at the graveside of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada. Picture: Karen Sandison
Mourners say their final prayers at the graveside of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada. Picture: Karen Sandison
Artwork installation “SA’s Dirty Laundry” by Jenny Nijenhuis is exhibited at the Maboneng Precinct as part of the 16 Days of Activism against abuse campaign. Picture: Karen Sandison
Artwork installation “SA’s Dirty Laundry” by Jenny Nijenhuis is exhibited at the Maboneng Precinct as part of the 16 Days of Activism against abuse campaign. Picture: Karen Sandison
Models strut their stuff at Gavin Rajah's fashion show. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi.
Models strut their stuff at Gavin Rajah's fashion show. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi.
Bloodstains mark the scene where the charred remains of three people were found bound and gagged in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi
Bloodstains mark the scene where the charred remains of three people were found bound and gagged in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi
Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters takes a selfie with pupils from Ivory Park Secondary school after distributing sanitary pads to schoolgirls. Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha
Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters takes a selfie with pupils from Ivory Park Secondary school after distributing sanitary pads to schoolgirls. Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha
Who could resist a last walk to catch the dying rays of the setting sun on the beach?
Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha.
Who could resist a last walk to catch the dying rays of the setting sun on the beach? Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha.
Motheo Moleko and Jeremy Loops at the Splashy Fen Festival. Picture:Shelley Kjonstad
Motheo Moleko and Jeremy Loops at the Splashy Fen Festival. Picture:Shelley Kjonstad
A couple swims with the sharks while Jacinta Ngobese from Vuma FM interviews them at uShaka Marine World. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad
A couple swims with the sharks while Jacinta Ngobese from Vuma FM interviews them at uShaka Marine World. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad
Lusanda Mtiya is the only female rugby referee in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: 
Zanele Zulu
Lusanda Mtiya is the only female rugby referee in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: 
Zanele Zulu
Local snake catcher Jason Arnold with a black mamba he removed from a KZN home. Picture: Zanele Zulu
Local snake catcher Jason Arnold with a black mamba he removed from a KZN home. Picture: Zanele Zulu
Mary Peterson has no roof after a fire at her home. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi
Mary Peterson has no roof after a fire at her home. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi
Members of the ANC Youth League show their support for their proposed president to be Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi
Members of the ANC Youth League show their support for their proposed president to be Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi

Cape Town - When trouble is brewing a photojournalist needs to head towards the trouble and not away from it. 

"When taking pictures in a potentially dangerous situation, I go into a zone where the desire to capture a great image is a priority," says ANA Pictures photographer Tracey Adams.

"This, combined with the discernment to take a good calculated risk compels me to move toward the action to capture the moment."

Adams is one of 16 women involved in visual content production at Independent Media's sister company ANA Pictures.

She says her favourite assignments involve taking pictures of fashion, protests, animals and people.

Adams says she has a recurring dream of being present when a catastrophe occurs. "But in my dream, I forget to take pictures."

So her dream assignment "is to be present when a catastrophe happens and to have the presence of mind to take lots of pictures."

Another woman photographer working for ANA Pictures, Karen Sandison, has two dream assignments: one in SA and one abroad.

"I would like travel across South Africa and shoot pictures from people to trains and rivers to Namaqualand. My out of the country dream assignments are a photo assignment to the Antarctic and the gorillas in Rwanda," Sandison says.

She says the hardest pictures to capture is after a death. "A funeral, an interview with someone who has lost a family member or friend. I feel as though I'm invading their space. I have great difficulty lifting my camera to my eye, the shutter sounds so loud in this quiet space."

Sandison says the best part of her job is that "every day brings new, different and exciting challenges. I never know what tomorrow holds and each assignment has it's own uniqueness".

And her advice for young up-and-coming photojournalists is: "Only look back to learn from your mistakes, strength lies in moving forward."

Above we showcase some of the pictures taken by women photographers at ANA Pictures.