The SanDisk Extreme Team is a group of professional photographers whose vision is as uncompromising as their equipment.

For true artistic inspiration, immerse yourself in the stories and galleries of the globetrotting photographers of SanDisk's Extreme Team. This group of professional photographers travels farther and harder than anyone else to capture their very best pictures and videos. Using SanDisk's high-performance memory cards, the Extreme Team captures riveting images of exploding volcanoes, breathtaking ecosystems, and inspiring human stories from around the world.

Merwelene Van Der Merwe

“I’ve never been about just photography. From behind the lens I explore the inspiration of the human spirit—capturing energy, recording an attitude, something you’d miss in a blink—and now with technology, more than just being behind the camera, it’s about being a part of it-holding a few seconds so still everyone can experience them.”

Merwelene’s passion for photography sparked at age 20 while accompanying a photographic student. After studying at Pretoria Techikon, she assisted Walter Ferrier for 2 years and then worked in San Francisco for 8 years until returning to South Africa. From the presidential campaign of Nelson Mandela to Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling; major fashion shoots for local and international publications; and from lighthouses to game lodges, Merwelene’s experience spans over 3 decades. Reinvention has been a constant theme, exemplified by the introduction of, a stock library offering exceptional quality images at a fraction of the cost of a conventional shoot. The user-friendly website represents numerous photographers’ works—both royalty-free and rights-managed—with the vision to turn creative ideas into successful communications.

Merwelene is excited to join the SanDisk Extreme Team, as it provides even more motivation to produce award-winning images.

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