The 2016 Kenya Photography Awards was colorful and uplifting. The ceremony gave photographers in the country a chance to celebrate excellence in the photography industry. From the ceremony, 22 photographers were recognized as the best.
Being the third year of the photography awards, it’s evident that the photography is growing each day in Kenya and even more fascinating is that we have ladies taking part in this great field. As proved by Georgina Goodwin who won two awards in the daily life category, more women are needed in the industry as nothing is preventing us from sharing our stories through images.
The emergence of schools such as Versatile School of Photography who were among the sponsors; are the main contributors to why more people are appreciating the art of photography in the world and in Africa to be specific. Versatile School of Photography offers great photography courses and workshop events that allow students to learn and develop their photography skills. As the Swedish ambassador stated. A picture allows the observer to be a part of the conversation thus be careful as a photographer with the kind of conversation that you start. We all know the mantra, there is no such thing as a perfect picture, therefore keep on clicking as we look forward to the next award ceremony and hopefully the numbers will have increased and we can now select an overall winner.
The awards recorded a total of 1607 entries and participants were allowed to send in their photos for nine different categories – News, Creative, Sports, Nature, Portraiture, Daily Life, Young photographer of the year, Special category (Climate Change), and People’s Choice.
Although, the judges did not consider crowning an overall winner since the level of entries did not quite attain such a level and as such did not want to lower their expectations and standards by selecting an overall winner.
“We have come a long way in growing the photography industry as a whole and we still have a long way to go. The culmination of this photo contest tonight is a testament to the hard work that each and every photographer put so that we showcase some of the best imagery we have. Congratulations to all the winners tonight and may this awards motivate you the more and inspire young talent out there each and every day,” noted Njeri Mwangi, Chief Organizer, PAWA 254.
“I call upon all young and upcoming, professional and amateur photographers in the country to bring out their best shots every year and together we can sharpen and grow the industry as a whole. In partnership with Canon and Photographers Association of Kenya, we will be rolling out photography classes so that we nurture young talents in the society.” She added.
Swedish Ambassador, H.E. Johan Borgstam, appreciated the effort placed by the photographers in the country and promised to work with the awards model.
News – Daniel Irungu Mwangi and Kevin Onnoka (Series)
Daily Life – Georgina Goodwin (Single and Series)
Sports – Larry Asego and Suleiman Mbatiah (series)
Nature – Mwangi Kirubi and Abdulrahman Mutuma (series)
Portraiture – Migwa Nthiga and John Wambugu (series)
Creative – Larry Asego and Iteba Alloys (series)
Most Promising Young photographer of the year – Churchill Oele and Peter Ndungu (series)
Peoples’ Choice Winner – Richard Alele
The ceremony was organized by PAWA254; sponsored by Canon, Versatile School of Photography and Africa Sock Images.