Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Announce African Photo Competition Winners

Pictures Show the Changing Face of a Continent
Shipping News Feature

AFRICA – WORLDWIDE – Logistics group Agility has announced the winners of its Africa 2015 Photo Competition, which we told of in June and which is designed to illustrate the modern face of the continent. This is said to be the first-ever pan-Africa photo competition to focus on modern Africa, and the freight forwarding group invited amateur and professional photographers to submit images to show the growth and development of Africa taking shape amid record investment, rising incomes and improving living standards.

The winning images of the city of Luanda in Angola, wheat fields in Kenya, and a child holding a cell phone were selected from more than 700 photographs submitted by photographers from 33 countries in the categories of industry, technology and cities. A cash prize of US$2,000 was awarded for each competition category to Carlos Aguiar from Angola (cities), Ahmed A Osman from Kenya (industry) and Mohsen Taha from Uganda (technology). Taha received an additional Grand Prize of US$2,000 for his photo of a boy holding a mobile phone as the overall competition winner. The winning pictures can be seen here.

The successful photographs will additionally be shown on CNBC Africa broadcasts and published in Forbes Africa and Forbes Africa Woman magazines and grand prize winner Taha’s own situation described the pace of change in Africa perfectly as he said:

“I’m proud to be a part of a competition that helps to promote the economic development happening right now in Africa. This competition has allowed photographers to show the various aspects of Africa and how we have grown and developed into something different, and better. Six years ago, I couldn’t afford a mobile phone. Today in Uganda, everyone from rural to urban areas can afford one. These advancements are significant.”

The competition was judged by an independent panel that consisted of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, CNBC Africa; and renowned Ghanaian artist, Professor Ablade Glover. Shah aptly summed up the significance of the photo contest saying:

"Africa's time is now, and the opportunities for those who can see past the traditional views of this market are immense. We need the world to see how vibrant cities like Lagos, Luanda and Nairobi are; how innovation in technology is improving the lives of millions, and how manufacturing and new industries are helping transform economies from aid-based to service and knowledge economies. The real story of Africa, the youngest continent, is just starting to be told, and those who are here now are helping to shape and share in the growth."

Photo: Cities Category winner. Photographer: Carlos Aguiar, 30 years old, Angola.