3 Kenyan Photographers Bag International Awards

  • A photo entry by Kenyan photographer Antony Ochieng Onyango at the East African Photography Awards 2022
    A photo entry by Kenyan photographer Antony Ochieng Onyango at the East African Photography Awards 2022
    African Arguments/Antony Ochieng Onyango
  • Kenyan photographers, alongside their counterparts in the East African Region, made impressive presentations at the 2022 East African Photography Awards. 

    Notably, two photographers from Kenya, Gordwin Odhiambo and Antony Ochieng Onyango, emerged in positions two and three, respectively.

    The two were in the same category, which requested entries of a photo series.

    A third Kenyan photographer, Margaret Njeri Ngigi, won the single image award for the Imagine category.

    A photo entry by Kenyan photographer Gordwin Odhiambo at the East African Photography Awards 2022
    A photo entry by Kenyan photographer Gordwin Odhiambo at the East African Photography Awards 2022
    African Arguments/Gordwin Odhiambo

    The Kenyans' presentations highlighted unique events in the country.

    In the second position, Odhiambo's photo named A Changing Community and the Fears Ahead, focused on the changing aspects of the country's capital. 

    His photo series looked at the new structures, political changes, and house affordability that creates a cloud of fear over Nairobi residents.

    Ochieng's photo, Mary the Elephant Whisperer, brought to the limelight the story of Mary, a ranger at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, who created a special bond with the orphaned elephants

    The photo covered the endless duties of the ranger at the sanctuary as scientists, naturalists, community leaders, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.

    In the single image for the Imagine category, Njeri's photo illustrated her understanding of introspection.

    Other than the three, Donwilson Odhiambo received an honourable mention at the event for his photo, The Art of Dance in the Slum.

    The photo captured how ballet dancing has transformed Kibera. A young girl is pictured performing at the night street dance as other children watch.

    Amanuel Sileshi, a photographer from Ethiopia, emerged top with his photo named Searching for Peace Amidst Chaos, an illustration of the ongoing turbulence in the country

    A photo entry by Kenyan photographer Margaret Njeri Ngigi at the East African Photography Awards 2022
    A photo entry by Kenyan photographer Margaret Njeri Ngigi at the East African Photography Awards 2022
    The Guardian/Margaret Njeri Ngigi