DUBAI – August 24, 2016 – Agility’s Africa 2016 Photo Competition, aimed at showcasing images that illustrate the breathtaking pace of change across the continent, has drawn more than 1,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers in 26 African countries.
This year’s contest, which closes Sept. 1, has seen a dramatic spike in submissions. Agility, a global logistics leader and investor in African supply chain infrastructure, launched the first pan-African photography competition last year to focus on Africa’s rapid modernization.
The competition, open to all photographers, is intended to highlight the progress and development on a continent of contrasts. Entries document an Africa booming with youthful consumers, new technology, urbanizing populations and promising economic prospects.
Agility has used social media such as Instagram
to help drive awareness of the initiative and the objective, and made submissions simple through a dedicated website.
Agility will award a $2,000 grand cash prize for the overall winning image and $2,000 cash prizes to the winners of each of three categories: cities, industry and technology. The winning photographs will be shown on a CNBC Africa telecast, published in Forbes Africa and featured across Agility social media, promotions and advertising.
The competition will be judged by an independent panel consisting of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Executive Director of the Africa Business News Group and Editor-in-Chief of CNBC Africa; and Salim Amin, photographer, filmmaker and chairman of Africa 24 Media and Camerapix.
The Africa 2015 Photo Competition drew 700 entries submitted by photographers in 33 countries. Winning entries were dramatic images that captured the capital city of Luanda, Angola; wheat fields in Kenya; and a child holding a smart phone during a power blackout in Uganda.
Geoffrey White, CEO Agility Africa, said “The high number and great quality of entries in this year’s competition shows that the subject is really striking a chord in Africa. The competition challenges stereotypes of Africa and shows that we should view the continent as a serious contributor to the world economy.”
Agility is continually investing in Africa and is committed to building new logistics capacity and infrastructure to support the development of global companies and small and medium-size businesses across the continent. The company’s strategy also includes a strong social and environmental program, focused on education, training and health.
For more information about the competition or to learn about Africa’s growth opportunity, visit www.africa-2016.com