Protest im­age lands pho­to­jour­nal­ist an award

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AFRICAN News Agency (ANA) pho­to­jour­nal­ist Phan­dul­wazi “Phando” Jikelo has won a top in­ter­na­tional news pho­tog­ra­phy award, beat­ing close to 5 000 en­trants from 76 coun­tries.

Jikelo’s win­ning en­try, called Grabouw Hous­ing Protest, won him the pres­ti­gious An­drei Stenin In­ter­na­tional Press Photo Con­test yes­ter­day.

The en­try fea­tured a photo of a protest­ing man swing­ing a burn­ing tyre, try­ing to pre­vent po­lice from ap­proach­ing a group of other pro­test­ers who were stand­ing be­hind him.

The in­tense vis­ual was taken dur­ing the land in­va­sion and protests over short­age of houses in Grabouw, near Cape Town. The news­pa­per used the im­age as a ban­ner pic­ture.

Jikelo, 33, was work­ing for the Cape Times when he took the im­age be­fore he later joined ANA. He has six years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher.

He said the hon­our of re­ceiv­ing an award will make him work ever harder.

“It has come at the right time of my ca­reer and life. I never thought that I could win an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. I was just do­ing my work, like the rest of the pho­tog­ra­phers were do­ing theirs. I’m just glad that my work is recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally and the fact that our African sto­ries are told by Africans. I will al­ways push my­self to achieve more,” said Jikelo.

In­de­pen­dent Me­dia ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son Dr Iqbal Survé con­grat­u­lated Jikelo and said the award was an ac­knowl­edge­ment of his ex­cel­lent work.

“We must not for­get the rea­sons why he was in Grabouw on that day, and how dan­ger­ous the sit­u­a­tion was.

“I com­mend him for be­ing a fear­less pho­to­jour­nal­ist. As an ar­dent news-fol­lower, I have, over the years, been able to iden­tify the styles of many of our pho­to­jour­nal­ists, Phando be­ing one of them. He has the eye and the fear­less heart of a pho­to­jour­nal­ist,” said Survé. – Staff Re­porter

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