Ken Oosterbroek born February 14, 1963- died April 18,1994 was a South African photojournalist and member of The Bang-Bang Club. He worked for The Star in Johannesburg, which was South Africa’s biggest daily broadsheet. He won numerous photography awards for his work. He initially struggled to get his start in photography, going from paper to paper trying to get a job based on photos he’d taken illegally of fellow conscripts during his military service in southern Angola. Years later, in 1989, he achieved his first success, winning the Ilford Award (South African Press Photographer of the Year) and won a second prize in General News category of World Press Photo in 1992.
Ken Oosterbroek was killed by friendly-fire in Thokoza township, about 25km east of Johannesburg, on April 18, days prior to the 1994 elections in South Africa, the first free elections that ended apartheid. He and other photographers were covering a clash between peacekeepers and the African National Congress when the peacekeepers opened fire and shot Ken Oosterbroek and fellow Bang-Bang Club member Greg Marinovich.