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33 shortlisted for Kenya photography awards

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Thirty-three photographers have been nominated as finalists for the Kenya Photography Awards 2016. Out of 1,607 photo entries submitted between 23rd March and April 30th 2016, the 33 were nominated in nine 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 33 were nominated following a rigorous judging process.

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,” said Ms Njeri Mwangi, the chief organizer of PAWA 254.

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For the first time, PAWA will be awarding the single and series entries separately. Category winners this year each take home Ksh50,000 and the runner’s-up will get Ksh20,000. The overall winner will pocket an additional Ksh200,000.

 Ms Mwangi said the quality of entries was still below expectation. “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 trainings for photographers to sharpen these skills,” she added.

The Managing Director Roman Troedthandi of Canon Central & North Africa, the main sponsor of the awards, said noted: “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.”
Winners will be announced at an awards gala night on 19th June, 2016.
The following are nominees in the nine different categories:
1.   News: Phoebe Okall, Kevin Onnoka and Daniel Mwangi Irungu
2.   Daily life: Adam Mower, Georgina Goodwin and Migwi Nthiga
3.   Sports: Thomas Mukoya, Suleiman Mbatiah and Larry Asego
4.    Nature: Sebastian Wanzalla, Mwangi Kirubi, Abdul Rahman Mutuma and Georgina Goodwin
5.    Portraiture: Brian Mwando, John Wambugu, Richard Allela, Selina Onyando, Migwa Nthiga and Joe Were
6.   Creative: Joseph Kyule, Iteba Alloys, Jared Maina and Larry Asego
7.    Most Promising Young photographer of the year: Kevin Kariuki, Churchill Oele, Peter Ndungu and Patrick Kamau
8.    People’s Choice Nominees: Adam Mower, Richard Allela, Brian Mwando, Joseph Kyule, Kevin Kariuki and Peter Ndungu
For the People’s Choice category, the public will vote online for their favourite photo on (www.photoawards.co.ke).
Organized 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.

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