Mo Ibrahim wants pho­to­graphs to com­mem­o­rate 10 years


Mo Ibrahim Foun­da­tion has or­ga­nized ‘My Africa Pho­to­graph Com­pe­ti­tion” that is set to set to com­mence in June this year in a move to mark their 10 years An­niver­sary.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion has found it worth­while to hav­ing an African Pho­to­graph com­pe­ti­tion that will re­flect how the Af­i­can Con­ti­nent has changed over the past decades.

Ac­cord­ing to the Act­ing Direc­tor of Tan­za­nia In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices (Maelezo), Fabian Ruga­mukamu, My Africa Pho­to­graph Com­pe­ti­tion is set to re­flect how the Africa Con­ti­nent has evolved lately and how to de­velop the fu­ture of the con­ti­nent in the next decade.

“The Mo Ibrahim Foun­da­tion is seek­ing im­ages that cap­ture Africa in its many di­verse set­tings and com­mu­ni­ties, de­pict­ing the de­vel­op­ments, chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that could po­ten­tially char­ac­ter­ize the next com­ing ten years.,” he said.

Ruga­mukamu said the com­pe­ti­tion is lined up in three cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, am­a­teur and un­der 18s that are ear­marked to re­ceive $10,000 for both pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher and Am­a­teur while the un­der 18s will re­ceive US$ 10,000 which will be di­vided equally be­tween the win­ner and the school each $5,000.

“This com­pe­ti­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for African peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to sub­mit an im­age which for them will best il­lus­trate what they feel will shape the con­ti­nent over the next 10 years, he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment from Mo Ibrahim Foun­da­tion, the theme is open to each per­son’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion but they are look­ing for beau­ti­ful, in­spir­ing and orig­i­nal pho­to­graphs.

The state­ment also states that a se­lec­tion of the best pho­to­graphs will be dis­played at MIF’S 10 years an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in Oc­to­ber in Lon­don and in Novem­ber at the An­nual Gover­nance Week­end Mar­rakech but not at the African Union (AU) head­quar­ters in Ad­dis Ababa. It is quite an anom­aly to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Se­lected en­tries will also be dis­played on the MIF web­site and will be judged by MIF team. All pho­to­graphs must be sub­mit­ted by June 3 this year a by 5.00 pm,” read part of the state­ment.

The Mo Ibrahim Foun­da­tion is an African Foun­da­tion based in Lon­don. It was es­tab­lished in 2006 with one clear ob­jec­tive – to put gover­nance at the cen­tre of any con­ver­sa­tion on African de­vel­op­ment. It was founded by Dr. Mo Ibrahim, a Su­danese phi­lan­thropist and busi­ness­man who founded telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany Cel­tel In­ter­na­tional in 1998.

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