Kenya’ s Joshua Wanyama has walked away with $2,000 (about KES 200,000) from the Africa 2017 Photo Competition, having emerged the overall winner in the category ‘Cities’ as announced by the judges from Johannesburg, South Africa
The winning image in the category showed a beautiful sunset over Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and was one of three other pieces selected from over 4,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers from more than 60 countries across the globe.
The Africa 2017 Photo Competition is the brainchild of Agility, a leading global logistics provider, and is an annual competition, marking its third year, showcasing the rapidly changing landscape of Africa.
The images submitted were required to capture the transformation and modernization of Africa and grouped into three categories: cities, industries and technology. The winning images were:
Judith Hermetter from Great Britain (Technology) – showing young Malawian students using tablets at school to learn their local language
Joshua Wanyama of Kenya (Cities) – showing a sunset over Nairobi, Kenya
Mohamed Kamal of Egypt (Industry) – showing hot air balloons flying over Luxor, Egypt
Each competition category win comes with a $2,000 cash prize and the winning photographs will be showcased on a CNBC Africa telecast, published in Forbes Africa, and featured on Agility‘s social media, promotions and advertising.
“Technology has the potential of being transformational – it can provide personalized quality education in a cost-efficient and scalable way,” said overall winner Judith Hermetter from Great Britain.
Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, said Africans and African governments are .embracing technology – and as a result transforming all parts of society. He went on to add that “This year’s Grand Prize photograph illustrates the technological shift that is empowering people with access to knowledge and information.”
The competition was judged by a panel that consisted of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, CNBC Africa; and Salim Amin, Chairman of CameraPix and co-founder of Africa24 Media.
Wanyama is a TED Fellow who is also the CEO of Pamoja Media, a digital marketing agency, as well as a seasoned professional photographer.