Consistent with its commitment to supporting talent development and enabling young people to fulfill their passion, Nigeria’s youthful telecommunication company, 9mobile, has called for entries for the 2018 edition of 9mobile Photography Competition, a platform which seeks to engage and empower budding photographers using the power of digital media.
The submission of entries officially commenced on September 17 and will run until October 31, 2018. The theme of the competition this year is ‘9ja: My Grind, My Hustle’ in celebration of individuals that labour daily to make ends meet, those who appreciate the importance of hard work, and have a drive for success and fulfillment.
While speaking about this year’s competition, Director, Brand and Experience, 9mobile, Elvis Ogiemwanye, stated that the ‘Top 100′ would be selected from November 5 to 19, through a voting process by the general public. He added further that images received from the pool of entries would be pre-approved by an internal evaluation committee guided by the entry criteria. The qualifying entries will then be shared with the public, and the best 100 images will be selected through votes. The image with the highest number of votes will emerge as the Voter’s Choice winner.
“A judging panel will also select the ‘Top Three’ images from the Top 100. Winners from the panel and public voting will be rewarded with exciting prizes, while image submissions of the finalists will be showcased during a winner’s announcement,” Ogiemwanye stated.
The winner of the competition will be announced on December 6, 2018. Ogiemwanye said 9mobile Photography Competition is another innovative platform to grow capacity and nurture dreams, especially amongst the youth segment of Nigerian population. He noted further that the objective of the competition is not only to position the telco as a supporter of young budding photographers, but also as a brand that gives back to the community and promotes advancement.
In his words, “Photography has become part of our culture when it comes to creating lasting memories, and with the technological advancements, the art of capturing photos keeps evolving. A lot of creativity has gone into the art of contemporary photography in Nigeria, and this competition seeks to spark even more creative vision in participants who are expected to capture images of Nigerians’ daily hustle in an inspired and fun way.”
Last year, budding photographer, Oluwaseun Otitoola, emerged winner of the 9mobile Photography Competition themed ‘Capturing Solid Memories in 9ja’, with his entry titled “Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building” while the other two finalists were Amanda Ihemebiri (The NestOil Tower) and Taiwo Omotosho (Lines Side by Side).
Photo entries for this year’s competition are to be submitted on the portal http://photo.9mobile.com.ng/