Agility Announces Winners of Africa 2016 Photo Competition
9/29/2016
Record number of entries offer riveting images and capture the rapid pace of change
 
JOHANNESBURG – Sept. 29, 2016 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today announced the winners of its Africa 2016 Photo Competition, a series of photographs that show how quickly Africa is modernizing, growing and even leading the way in new technology.
 
The annual contest, now in its second year, is a pan-Africa photography competition focusing on Africa’s rapid modernization. This year’s competition drew more than 2,500 photographs from professional and amateur photographers in 30 countries.

The winning images depicted a fisherman in a canoe on Lake Victoria on his laptop, a solar farm in Rwanda powering 15,000 homes, and the skyline of Harare, Zimbabwe.

A cash prize of $2,000 was awarded for each competition category. The winners were Stephen Simiyu, a photographer from Nairobi, Kenya (Technology); Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, an environmental consultant and photographer from Harare (Cities); and Esdore Hakizimana, a machine operator from Kigali, Rwanda (Industry). Simiyu also won the Grand Prize of $2,000 for his photograph of a fisherman using a laptop in a canoe on Lake Victoria, Uganda.

The winning photographs and the runners-ups were featured at a session at the United Nations General Assembly in New York earlier this month and will be shown at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit 2016 in Cape Town in October. They will also be showcased in Forbes Africa, on CNBC Africa, and in Agility’s corporate magazine, Tradelanes.

Simiyu, the Grand Prize winner, said: “I know Africa is developing, and to show this, I needed an image that could tell that story in one picture. The competition really made me think about Africa – there’s nowhere like it.”

Hakulandaba, winner in the Cities category, said non-Africans are continually surprised by the pace of change in Africa. “Whenever I exhibit images of Harare or any other African city, there is always someone who says they never thought Africa has such development,” he said. “This competition is a platform to reach a wider audience about African development. It will help change perspectives of the continent’s potential.”

“The winning images speak eloquently about the historic change underway in Africa and the opportunities for Africans, African businesses and the world,” said Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “As a company investing in the logistics infrastructure of the continent, we are proud to show the world powerful images that capture a more positive view of Africa and demonstrate the progress that has already been made, hopefully changing the perceptions of Africa in 2016.”

The competition was judged by an independent panel that consisted of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, CNBC Africa; and Salim Amin, Chairman of CameraPix and co-founder of Africa24 Media.
 
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Technology category and grand prize winner: Stephen Simiyu, Kenya.
JUNA, UGANDA (Source of the Nile River): For more than 20 years. Mr. Atika’s fishing business on Lake Victoria has helped him provide his family with a comfortable life. Now they have joined the global digital world.

 
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Industry category winner: Esdore Hakizimana, Rwanda.
This solar power industry, situated in the 20 miles east Kigali, Rwanda, has a capacity of 10 megawatts. The energy it produces powers nearly 1500 homes. The solar farm has had a large impact on the people of Rwanda.
 

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Cities category winner: Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, Zimbabwe
Western side of Harare CBD, just after rush hour

For more information:
 
Chris Pate
Office: +44 (0) 844 561 1416
Direct: +44 (0) 1273 200 527
 

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Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.1 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.


Across Africa, Agility is developing a network of international-standard distribution parks to provide warehousing, reliable infrastructure and secure environments that offer consistent power and connectivity. Agility’s experience in emerging markets enables it to move cargo from anywhere in the world to any destination safely, on time and on budget for consumer goods makers, energy and mining companies, and other customers. In addition to logistics solutions, Agility also develops and manages fuel infrastructure and distribution, airport services and ground handling, remote site camps and catering, and customs modernization solutions across Africa.

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