For the 2018 edition of the 9Mobile Photography Competition, with the theme, “9ja: My Grind, My Hustle”, Christiana Obafemi has emerged as the winner with her image titled, “My Passion, My Strength.”
At the prize presentation, which was held recently at Banana Island, Ikoyi, Christiana Obafemi receives a canon camera for her emergence at the prize presentation ceremony in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Bambi Daniel and Ayodeji Ogunro emerged as first and second runners-up with their images titled; “Female Barber” and “The Wind” respectively.
The winner of the ‘Voters’ Choice’ category is David Gideon, for his work titled; “A Woman.” The ‘Voters’ Choice’ category was selected through a two-week online public vote which was opened to photography enthusiasts from November 5 to 19, 2018.
“One of the things that 9mobile is known for from inception is the discovery and nurturing talents. There are lots of creative talents in this space and it is aligned to what we do as a telecommunications company.
We will begin to move towards sponsoring exhibitions. We have sponsored exhibitions in the past. We have partnered LagosPhoto and it was from there that we crafted this competition which is targeted at Nigerian youths.”
Meanwhile, the work titled “Female Barber” by Bambi Daniel speaks of a woman working in a male-dominated industry. The work was selected for the use of artificial light to highlight the subject and other details in the visual narrative.
The winners were selected by the three-member jury panel for the competition made up of creative photographer, Kola Oshalusi; documentary photographer, Bernard Kalu; and award-winning photo-journalist, Aisha Augie-Kuta.
With the theme as ‘9ja: My Grind, My Hustle’, the 2018 9Mobile Photography Competition is a celebration of individuals that labour daily to make ends meet, those who appreciate the importance of hard work, and have a drive for success and fulfillment.