Otieno Nyadimo is the Kenya National Award winner of 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Kenyan photographer Otieno Nyadimo (30) has been named as the winner of Kenya National Award, part of world’s biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards.

Nyadimo’s winning image, Smile at the heavens, was chosen as the single best photograph taken by a Kenyan photographer entered into any of the awards’ ten Open categories.

(TOP: Nyadimo’s winning image, ‘Smile at the heavens‘)

Nyadimo, a professional photographer based in Nairobi, has won a Sony A6300 and a Carl Zeiss lens SEL1670Z. In addition, the winning image will be part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 22nd April – 8th May and will be published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.  The exhibition will also include the winning and shortlisted images of Professional, Open and Youth competitions alongside the first major European exhibition of the artistic duo and fine art photographers Rong Rong & Inri (China/Japan), recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the awards.

The winning image, Smile at the heavens, is a heart-warming image of a man smiling at the sky captured at a photography workshop in Hells Gate National Park.

Talking about his win, Nyadimo comments:

“I’m super excited about winning Kenya National Award. This is my first time winning anything photography related let alone being nominated. Keep working with what you love and it shall pay off eventually!”

The runner-up positions for Kenya National Award were given to Allan Gichigi for his image titled ‘Chablis woman’ – (2nd place) and – Abdallah Hassan for his image titled ‘Lost soul’ – (3rd place).

The National Awards programme honours and rewards the best single image taken by a local photographer and runs in 60 countries across the world from Argentina to Australia. It is open to photographers of all abilities.

The winners of all 60 National Awards were also announced.

The Sony World Photography Awards rewards and recognises the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year.  Attracting photographers of all abilities, the awards incorporate four competitions: Professional; Open; Youth and Student. More information about the awards can be found here. 

On March 29, the Sony World Photography Awards panel will announce the Open and Youth category winners followed by the Professional / Open / Student / Youth Photographers of the Year plus Professional category winners being revealed on April 21.

Working with professional, enthusiast and student photographers alike, the World Photography Organisation provides a global platform across the photographic industry to not only to raise the level of conversation around the subject, but to increase awareness and appreciation of this artform.  The World Photography Organisation hosts a year-round portfolio of industry and public events including: the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition and accompanying global exhibition; the World Photography Organisation Student Focus Programme, inspiring and working with the next generation of photographers, Photo Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s premier art fair dedicated to photography, and Photo San Francisco, America’s new international art fair for contemporary photography.

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