FSD Africa’s First Photo Competition Winners Announced

WinnersFSDA’s Director (L), Mark Napier with winners during the awards ceremony.

After a period of selection and voting, FSD Africa is pleased to announce overall winners of its 2016 photo competition. The aim, successfully achieved, was to provide examples of how Kenyans seize new opportunities to rise above financial challenges.

Kenya is a proven financial development pioneer, and the competition focused on two themes: “Finance for Life” and “Africulture”.  Pictures were assessed as much on their illustration of these themes as on their technical composition and creativity. FSD Africa congratulates all photographers on the high quality submissions.

The “Finance for Life” category celebrated actions and moments that captured and demonstrated the benefits of financial inclusion. Improved access to finance (“financial inclusion”) unleashes potential that benefits individuals as much as an entire economy: companies grow, job creation, increase incomes, while individuals invest in education, health care, and small businesses. Quality of life improves, and communities grow stronger.

Mwakesi Mwakale was awarded first prize for his artfully-stacked representation of financial growth.

1. _SAM0206“Celebrating financial inclusion requires those involved to begin with what they have and being able to grow financially, ultimately reducing poverty. This image is relevant because it celebrates and encourages everyone to begin with the little that they have,” says Mwakesi.

28. ray_ochieng-5Ray Ochieng was the runners-up with his picture that captured a Kenyan woman selling hand crafted baskets in a local market.

The “Africulture” category acknowledged the heart of Kenya’s economy and celebrated hard-working farmers and small businesses in the agriculture sector. Africa is well-known for its vibrant agriculture and Kenya again leads the field, with large-scale and small-holder farming communities producing a wide variety of crops and foods across the country’s diverse topography.

“Africulture” supports millions of Kenyans through innovative farming practices and processes, enabling businesses and individuals to thrive.

7. a simple complexity_Peter Irungu was a clear winner with his picture of a woman picking tea on a small-scale farm in Nyeri County.

Frederick Wissah earned second prize; his photograph of Margaret, a small-scale tea farmer in Ekero, Butere, Kakamega County, was equally striking.

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“To meet the demands of her family, Margaret works passionately daily to ensure that her supply in bulk meets the demand for the beverage market. 
From the business, she generates about USD 500 every month which facilitates for the family’s food, clothing, shelter, electricity and education of her three-teenage children,” says Fredrick.

The winners in each category received a prize of Ksh 25,000, while the runners-up were awarded Ksh 15,000 each. Honorable mentions go to Kevin Odit, Humphrey Odero, Fredrick Dharsie, and Anthony Kariuki who each received tokens worth Ksh 5,000.

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