The best photographers this year have been nominated as finalists for the Kenya Photography Awards 2016. The announcement of the winners will be made at a gala event in Nairobi on June 19th, 2016.
Organized by PAWA 254 in collaboration with the Photographers Association of Kenya (P.A.K) and sponsored by Canon, the Kenya Photography Awards seek to not only reward excellence in the discipline but also promote and improve photography standards in the country.
The 33 nominees will be running in nine 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 full list of nominees are;
- 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
- People’s Choice category: the public will vote online for their favorite photo on (www.photoawards.co.ke).
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.
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.”