Full name

Elize Strydom




Byron Bay, Australia


I’m a documentary photographer and former triple j/ABC radio journalist based in Byron Bay, Australia. In 2011, I studied photo journalism at the International Center of Photography in New York City. In 2012, I began the ‘Small Town Girl’ project and have since lived with and photographed four girls in regional Australia, eight girls across the USA and six girls in South Africa, documenting their daily lives. In 2013 ‘Small Town Girl – Australia’ was exhibited at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney and at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. That same year I was named runner up in the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards for photography. ‘Small Town Girl – Australia, South Africa and the USA’ was exhibited at Gaffa gallery in Sydney as part of the 2015 Head On Photo Festival. The following year, I partnered with World Vision to highlight the ways they are helping to empower young women in southern Africa. In July 2017, a selection of photos from Small Town Girl (South Africa) were exhibited in a group show in Paris, France. The Museum of the Riverina staged an extensive Small Town Girl solo exhibition in March 2019, bringing together a large collection of work captured over eight years. At the same time, I was selected as a photographer for global campaign Project #ShowUs with Dove, Getty Images and Girl Gaze. My images appeared on a billboard in New York City's Times Square. I currently live in Byron Bay and work as a freelance photographer and writer.

Instagram: @smalltowngirlproject & @twinrivers_
Current project: Small Town Girl

2013 Runner Up , Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards - Photography
2019 Small Town Girl (Solo), Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, Australia
2018 Belanglo (Group), aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2017 Women (Group), Special Group Studios, Sydney, Australia
2017 Bloom (Group), Galerie Chappe, Paris, France
2015 Small Town Girl - Australia, South Africa and the USA (Solo), Gaffa Gallery for Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia
2013 Small Town Girl (Australia) (Solo), Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery , Broken Hill, Australia
2013 Small Town Girl (Australia) (Solo), Leichhardt Library for Head On Photo Festival , Leichhardt, Australia

Documentary photography, Photojournalism, Portraits