Five Kenyan photographers have won the inaugural Capture Kenya Challenge, sponsored by the leading integrated communications service provider Safaricom.
The winners – Mutua Matheka, Migwa Nthiga, Allan Gichigi, Isabell Gathoni and Tom Otieno, were among the 50 photographers and photo-journalists selected to participate in the competition.
For 7 days, the 5 teams comprising of a producer and a blogger went out to various parts of Kenya searching for beautiful shots of everyday Kenya. Twelve images were chosen and used in the 2014 Safaricom calendar.
Mutua Matheka known for his land scape photography was paired with Crazy Nairobian on a journey of Eastern Kenya, Isabell Gathoni went to the Rift Valley region with entertainment blogger David Mugo, while “Magiqal Lens” Migwa Nthiga’s was paired up with Owaah.
Seasoned Nyanza-based photojournalist Tom Otieno toured greater Nairobi in the company of blogger Robert Mwirigi Kunga, while Allan Gichigi was paired up with the blogger Kevin Mbuthia on a tour of Nyanza region.
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore noted: “The Safaricom brand is deeply entrenched in Kenya. We are conscious of the role we play and the impact we create in our community and as such, we understand that there are aspects of our brand like our calendar that we must really think through given the level of interaction that the Kenyan public will have with it”
“This year we decided to share the experience with those who have passion for Kenya’s magnificent landscape paired with bloggers who will tell the story of how each of the photos came to life. These are the faces of a robust digital Kenya that have made this undertaking worthwhile to produce simple yet captivating images that truly speak about the essence of Safaricom” Bob Collymore further added.
The photographers will exhibit their work at the Michael joseph Center which will be open to the public for viewing.
The Safaricom calendars have become iconic pieces of communication which people were proud to display at home, work and keep for posterity.
Source: Africa Entertainment News