Winners: 2015 Agility Africa photo competition

Angola, Kenya and Uganda came out tops in the Africa Agility photo competition. The aim of the contest was to encourage amateur and professional photographers to capture development in Africa in three categories: cities, industry, and technology. Uganda’s Mohsen Taha was named the overall winner.

Image description The Digital Age: Everyone in Uganda, from rural to urban areas, can now afford to have a cellphone. The photographer’s one-year-old son uses a mobile phone during a blackout. The photo is the winner in the technology category of the Africa Agility photo competition, as well as the overall winner. (Image: Mohsen Taha, Uganda)


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The city of Luanda in Angola, wheat fields in Kenya, and a child holding a cellphone in Uganda, were the winning images in the Africa Agility 2015 photo competition.

The contest focused on capturing a modern Africa and called on amateur and professional photographers to submit images that showed the growth and development of Africa.

A cash prize of $2 000 (about R27 000) was awarded to the winners in each competition category.

They were: Carlos Aguiar from Angola (cities), Ahmed A Osman from Kenya (industry) and Mohsen Taha from Uganda (technology).

Taha received an additional $2 000 for his photo of a boy holding a mobile phone as the overall competition winner.

“I’m proud to be a part of a competition that helps to promote the economic development happening right now in Africa,” said Taha.

Image description Wheat fields in Narok embody the rapid growth of Africa’s agriculture sector, which plays a critical role in improving the lives of farmers. The image won in the industry category of the Africa Agility photo competition. (Image: Ahmed A Osman, Kenya)

Image description A city striving forward: urban developments in Luanda, Angola. The photograph won in the cities category of the Africa Agility photo competition. (Carlos Aguiar, Angola)

“This competition has allowed photographers to show the various aspects of Africa and how we have grown and developed into something different, and better,” Taha said. “Six years ago, I couldn’t afford a mobile phone. Today in Uganda, everyone from rural to urban areas can afford one. These advancements are significant.”

The competition was judged by an independent panel that consisted of Sneha Shah, the managing director of Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, the editor-in-chief of CNBC Africa; and the renowned Ghanaian artist, Professor Ablade Glover.