Kenyatta University Fourth Year Public Health student, Makenna Wanjiku, is the winner of the second edition of #SamsungColoursOfKE social media competition aimed at celebrating Kenya’s heritage.
The 2016 Samsung Colours of Kenya competition which was inspired by the new Samsung SUHD TV with Quantum Dot display that reproduces the purest and most accurate colours, attracted over fifty photography enthusiasts from all over the country in an August InstaMeet held at the Nairobi Railway Station.
(TOP: Makenna Wanjiku, winner of #SamsungColoursofKenya campaign and student at Kenyatta University with Lyra Aoko, lifestlye photographer).
“This year’s Samsung Colours of Kenya competition is founded on encouraging Kenyan photographers and Instagrammers to come up with one picture which brings out colours and elements that from their opinion, represents Kenya and its attractions,” says Samuel Odhiambo, Product Manager for Visual Display at Samsung Electronics East Africa.
Through the competition, the participants not only had an opportunity to interact and engage with like-minded people in a relaxed environment, they were also rewarded for doing something they love.
“The owner of the winning photo gets to walk away with a Samsung Smart TV while the Top 10 most liked photos will be put in a digital gallery for display on Samsung SUHD TV sets in Samsung retail stores across the country” adds Odhiambo.
According to Makenna, who won a 48 inch Samsung Smart LED TV, having Nairobi Railway Station as the location for the Instameet was an easy pick as it presents various elements of Kenya’s culture.
“The Nairobi Railways Station is a hub of creativity marked by graffiti as well as being a host to various arts and culture organisations,” says Wanjiku.
Lyra Aoko, photographer and lifestyle blogger, who was also the judge for the #SamsungColoursOfKE competition, attributed Makenna’s win to her strategy to bring out Kenyans’ warm and colorful nature.
“The winning photo stood out because of the creativity that was linked to it. To create an illusion of someone being kicked by a graffiti shoe was brilliant on Makenna’s part. That is the kind of creativity that differentiates photographers,” says, Aoko.
Photographs that were entered for the competition were evaluated on a number of fronts including subject matter, colour composition, picture quality as well as originality.
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