Augie-Kuta, Oshalusi, Kalu to judge 2018 9mobile photo contest
Aisha Augie-Kuta, Kola Oshalusi and Bernard Kalu are to judge this year’s 9mobile photography contest.
Augie-Kuta is a photographer, filmmaker and mixed media artist with footprints in several solo and group exhibitions. She is the founder of The Centre for Art and Creative Talent (CACT), Abuja.
Kalu, a Lagos-based documentary photographer, is inspired by a passion for exploring life and humanity. He has adopted photography to tell stories and document today for the future. He began working in photography in 2014, studying street documentary and creative twists to wedding photography with Auxano Photography.
Oshalusi, the chair of the judges and a Computer Science graduate of the Lagos State University, has over 12 years of photography practice. He is the Lead Photographer at Insigna Media, and his works have been published in reputable print and online publications including Elle US, Vogue, Conde Nast, Mania, IHT, New York Times, Genevieve, WoW, TW, Wings and Bellanaija.com.
Oshalusi 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 telecommunications company, aimed to engage and empower budding photographers using the power of digital media.
In 2017, budding photographer, Oluwaseun Otitoola, won the 9mobile Photography Competition with his entry titled ‘Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building’ while Amanda Ihemebiri (The NestOil Tower) and Taiwo Omotosho, (Lines Side by Side) emerged first and second runners-up respectively.