Photographers Association of Kenya (PAK) jointly with PAWA 254 have today launched the 2016 Kenya Photography Awards.
Now in its third year, the awards will see photographers submit their photos on the Kenya Photography Awards website between March 24th, 2016 to April 30th, 2016 under 8 different categories.
The categories are: News, Sports, Nature, Daily Life, Creative, Portraiture, Most Promising Young Photographer and People’s Choice.
The awards seek to recognize skill, talent and hard work among professionals and rising photographers in the country.
“We are glad indeed to be launching this edition of the awards this year. So far, we have seen significant growth in the photography industry in the country through collaborative efforts from various partners. There is a lot we need to do to bolster the sector. The awards will go a long way to ensure that we not only appreciate photography as an art but also support and motivate young and upcoming photographers to pursue excellence in this trade,” noted Stephen Nderitu, Chairperson, Photographer’s Association of Kenya.
He added: “I would like to encourage all photographers to come all out and share their best photos under the various categories and together let us celebrate talent.”
On his part, chief judge, Gary Knight, noted: “Last year, we got some really impressive shots and so this year, we will be looking for much more. We encourage all photographers – young and old to participate in this contest and let us see more and more amazing photos this year.”
Below are the timelines for this year’s awards:
Submissions: March 24th, 2016 – April 30th, 2016
Judging: May 2016
Announcement of Nominees: May 30th, 2016
Winner’s announcement: June 2016
In 2015, the awards attracted over 1200 entries. Past winners of the Kenya Photography Awards include: Thomas Mukoya (News and Sports), Alice Oldenburg (Daily Life and Nature), John Wambugu (Special Category “Climate Change”), Peter Ndung’u (Portraiture and People’s Choice), Siegmund Kamau (Creative and Most Promising Young Photographer). The overall winner for 2015 was Alice Oldenburg.