Telecommunications company, 9mobile, has announced the judging panel for its 2018 Photography competition with the theme 9ja: My Grind, My Hustle.The three-member judging panel comprises creative photographer, Kola Oshalusi; documentary photographer, Bernard Kalu; and award-winning photojournalist, Aisha Augie-Kuta.
Speaking on the composition of the judging panel, 9mobile’s Director Brand and Experience, Elvis Ogiemwanye, said the judges were painstakingly selected because of their cognate experience and the need to ensure professionalism in the evaluation process.He said, “they have over three decades of photography experience between them, and we are confident that they will help us in choosing the best three entries. They are thorough professionals in tune with recent trends and patterns in photography; hence we couldn’t have chosen a better panel to help us discover new talents that we will enable to do more.”
Giving an insight into the selection process, Ogiemwanye disclosed that from the pool of entries received, internal reviewers will pre-approve images based on the entry criteria, which will then be shared with the voting public to select the top 100 images. Thereafter, the shortlisted photographs will be sent to the judging panel for further review, and the judges will select the top three images.
“The image with the highest number of votes will emerge as winner of the voter’s choice award. Winners from the judges’ and public voting’ evaluation rounds will be rewarded with prizes, while images of the finalists will be shown during a winner’s announcement,” he stated.
Also speaking, chair of the judging panel, Oshalusi, thanked 9mobile for the opportunity given to him and his colleagues to serve. He assured that they would work to choose only the best, and commended 9mobile for the initiative.He said, “It’s indeed a unique privilege to chair the jury of this capacity boosting initiative of 9mobile. Though more youth are taking up photography, there’s still space for many more, and it is in this light that I want to commend 9mobile for this laudable initiative now in its second year.
“Empowering the young to do more is vital, and I am happy to note that since it commenced operations in Nigeria, 9mobile has always trod this path. I advise corporate Nigeria to join the network operator in this critical task.”Submission of entries for this year’s 9mobile Photography Competition began on September 17 and will run until October 31. The “Top 100” list will be selected from November 5 to 19 through a voting process, while the “Top 3” list will be announced on November 27. The winner and the first and second runners-up respectively will emerge on December 6.
The 9mobile Photography Competition is a talent development initiative by the telco aimed to engage and empower budding photographers using the power of digital media.Photo entries for this year’s competition are to be submitted on the portal http://photo.9mobile.com.ng/