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Photographers’ Association of Kenya launches photography awards

By Elisha Kamau | December 21st 2014
Photographers at work: (PHOTO/Courtesy)

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Photographers’ Association of Kenya has launched the 2015 Kenya Photography Awards and Expo. 

Now in its second year, the awards will see photographers submit their photos on the Kenya Photography Awards website between December 19 and January 15, next year under nine broad categories from seven last year.

The categories are creative, portraiture, news, sports, Nature, daily life, young photographer of the year with an additional two new categories; people’s choice and special category.

It will bring together suppliers and stakeholders in the industry in a 3-day interactive Expo showcasing their products and services to the end users.

The awards seek to recognise skill, talent and hard work among professionals and rising photographers in the country.

” Photography is an art that needs to be nurtured enough by all key stakeholders industry for it to grow in the country. The awards will provide that right platform for enthusiastic photo lovers to showcase their skills through the art,” says General Manager PAWA 254, Njeri Mwangi.

“Last year we received a total of 1280 entries with a considerable low number of entries from ladies. I would like to call out to all those female photographers to come out and showcase their talent in this space,” she added.  

The award comes at a time when the photography industry is steadily growing with many young people opting to choose the “art” as a professional full time career and eking a living from it.

2013 Overall Photographer of the Year Thomas Mukoya noted that this is a perfect opportunity for all photographers who have always wanted to try out something new.

“Together let’s grow the photography industry in the country.”

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