Born on the 13th February 1967, Hein matriculated at Sentraal High School, Bloemfontein. He studied for a National Diploma in Photography at the Vaal Triangle Technikon, Vanderbijlpark from 1986-1989. In 1990-1991 he was self-employed and part time junior lecturer at the UFS before he started as a photographer at Die Volksblad until 1996. He is currently a photographer at the Corporate Relations Department of Technikon Free State whilst working on a number of personal documentary photographic projects.
1993 Fuji Press Awards (One Judges Selection)
1998 Ilford Profoto Awards (Two Highly Commended)
2001 Technikon Free State Vice-Chancellors Medal -(Class Gold - Support Services)
Commonwealth Photographic Awards: (Regional winner for Africa)
Winner of the South African Picture Essay Documentary Awards (Two Essays in Finals)
2002 Fuji Press Awards (Highly Commended)
1999 Images of Elder Abuse
Legacy of Asbestos
2001 Into Full View (India's Workers)
Face to Face (Cancer and You)
Countries Exhibited: South Africa, Great Britain, Brazil, India, Canada, Argentina and Australia.