Augie-Kuta, Oshalusi, Kalu to judge 2018 9mo­bile photo con­test

Sunday Trust - - ART & IDEAS - By Nathaniel Bi­van

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.

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