Two Kenyan Photographers to grace Sony Awards
Two Kenyan photographers have been nominated for this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, Filamu Kenya can confirm.
The photographers, whose works featured among the top 50 in the world, were slotted in the awards’ Professional and Open Competitions.
Austin Odunga was commended for the Open Competition, after his image, Misty Morning, impressed the jury. The image which falls in the Portraiture Category, is a black and white shot of an early morning portrait of a young man in a car, and it was taken before the mist dried off. Odunga won the Kenya National Award during the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. See also: Shattered: First Kenyan movie acted by Nigerian
Speaking after his commendation, Odunga said, “This is an incredible achievement for me. To be commended in the Portraiture Category, out of so many images entered, is more than a compliment.”
Nairobi- based photographer, Fredrik Lerneryd, was shortlisted in the Professional Contemporary Category, owing to his reputable series with ballet dancers of the Spurgeons Academy in Kenya.
Fredrik, a freelance journalist and originally from Sweden, spends most of his Wednesdays at the academy which is located in the slums of Kibera. There, he takes pictures of the pupils during their ballet class sessions.
He expressed gratitude for being shortlisted with this particular story citing that he had worked on it for close to two years during which he established a strong connection with the children. Read more: Behind the scenes of Watu Wote: Actors and producers tell it all.
A brainchild of the World Photography Association, Sony Awards presents itself as the world’s most diverse photography competition.
The awards, which are in their 11th edition, witnessed a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from over 200 countries and territories.
The international range of entries display a huge diversity of imagery in terms of genre, style and subject matter across the Awards’ 4 competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. See also: Film body bans selling and advertising of sex dolls in Kenya
The works of shortlisted and commended photographers will be showcased at the Sony World Photography Awards 2018 Exhibition in London from April 20 – May 6.
The Open competition winners will be announced on March 20, while the overall and Professional category winners will be revealed on April 19, 2018.