Photography is a good career right? However, most people snub the fact that photographers can run the world and come with their own implemented development projects. The field appreciates prolific photographers who go out of their way to capture the best shots.
To enhance the industry, Kenya Photography Awards recognizes the top photographers in the country. This year, 33 out of 1607 photographers were nominated as finalists for the Kenya Photography Awards 2016.
The 33 finalists were nominated in different categories: News, Creative, Sports, Nature, Portraiture, Daily Life, Special category (Climate Change), Most Promising Young Photographer and a public voting category for People’s Choice.
The awards involved a number of judges who went through the entries and came up with the creme. The judging was led by Gary Knight, a British photographer, past chairman of World Press Photo Awards and co-founder of the VII photo agency, who was in Kenya to oversee the judging process.
“This is a key milestone in the photography industry. This year, we have seen a rise in number of entries from photographers, some taken from the simple smartphones to ones taken with high-end professional cameras. This shows that we have a lot of potential in the Kenya photography industry. For the first time, we shall be awarding the single and series entries separately. Category winners this year each take home Kshs. 50,000 and the runner’s-up will take home Kshs. 20,000. The overall winner gets an additional KES. 200,000,”noted Njeri Mwangi, Chief Organizer, PAWA 254.
She added: “The quality of entries is still very wanting. We expected much better entries this year. We expected to see more experienced and professionals entering the competition so that we also showcasing some of the finest photographers’ the country has alongside upcoming ones. We need more people to enter this competition so that we showcase the best shots from the best photographers in the country. After these awards, we will be focusing on master class training for photographers to sharpen these skills.”
On his part, Canon Central & North Africa Managing Director, Roman Troedthandi noted: “It is an honor to be the main sponsor for the Kenya Photography Awards for the second consecutive year. We congratulate all the nominees and we are happy to announce that Canon will be providing workshop for all the nominees and also running a check and clean service for all the photographers on the awards day.”
The nominees in their respective categories:
- News: Phoebe Okall, Kevin Onnoka and Daniel Mwangi Irungu
- Daily life: Adam Mower, Georgina Goodwin and Migwi Nthiga
- Sports: Thomas Mukoya, Suleiman Mbatiah and Larry Asego
- Nature: Sebastian Wanzalla, Mwangi Kirubi, Abdul Rahman Mutuma and Georgina Goodwin
- Portraiture: Brian Mwando, John Wambugu, Richard Allela, Selina Onyando, Migwa Nthiga and Joe Were
- Creative: Joseph Kyule, Iteba Alloys, Jared Maina and Larry Asego
- Most Promising Young photographer of the year: Kevin Kariuki, Churchill Oele, Peter Ndungu and Patrick Kamau
- People’s Choice Nominees: Adam Mower, Richard Allela, Brian Mwando, Joseph Kyule, Kevin Kariuki and Peter Ndungu
The awards was organised by PAWA 254 in collaboration with the Photographers Association of Kenya (P.A.K) and sponsored by Canon, Kenya Photography Awards seek to not only reward excellence in the discipline but also promote and improve photography standards in the country.
Winners will be announced at an awards gala night on 19th June, 2016.