Zimbabwean photographer, Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, is basking in the glory of his recent success after scooping an award in a prestigious photography contest. Hakulandaba was named among the winners in Agility’s Africa 2016 Photo Competition.
Agility, a leading global logistics provider sponsored the competition in which a series of photographs showcased the pace of Africa’s modernisation and growth.
The annual pan-Africa photography contest is in its second year, and this year the competition drew more than 2,500 photographs from professional and amateur photographers in 30 countries.
Hakulandaba, an environmental consultant and photographer who hails from Harare won the Cities category, and received cash prize of $2,000 for his breath-taking image depicting Harare’s magnificent skyline.
Hakulandaba says he hopes the competition will help to debunk the negative stereotypes about development in Africa and change perspectives of the continent’s potential. “Whenever I exhibit images of Harare or any other African city, there is always someone who says they never thought Africa has such development,” he said.
The winners in the other two categories were Stephen Simiyu, a photographer from Nairobi, Kenya (Technology), and Esdore Hakizimana, a machine operator from Kigali, Rwanda (Industry). Simiyu and Hakizimana also won cash prize of $2,000 respectively.
The winning photographs and the runners-ups were featured at a session at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month and will be shown at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit 2016 in Cape Town this month.
They will also be showcased in Forbes Africa, on CNBC Africa, and in Agility’s corporate magazine, Tradelanes.
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 Salim Amin, Chairman of CameraPix and co-founder of Africa24 Media.
Zimbabwean artists are certainly making their mark on the continental and global scene. Last month, Gareth Nyandoro a Zimbabwean painter based in Harare and Amsterdam clinched the 2016 Financial Times Oppenheimer Emerging Voices in the art category pocketing $40,000.