Winning the FIRST PRIZE – in the people category in National Geographic ‘s 2018 photo contest was wonderful and also unexpected. It rounded off an amazing year of recognition for the same small passion project in Kibera, Kenya.
David was the photographer at Weekend Studio for 37 years in Kibera, Kenya. This was the first picture I took in the series and the final portrait of him in his space before he retired just days later. Phone cameras had eclipsed his portrait business and this struggle, coupled with family pressure, forced him to hang up his camera and return home. This portrait of David hangs at Weekend Studio today in memory of him.
National Geographic has a transparent entry field where the public can see every submission to the competition. With nearly 10,000 entries there were 3 categories- People, Places and Wildlife. I entered 4 images from my Sunday Best series into the people category. I was thrilled when I got ‘editors pick’ for this image below and felt like this was a prize in itself.
So when the news that I had won First Prize came in, I was floored. Thank you to the judges at National Geographic that chose David’s portrait as it’s so thoroughly perfect and appropriate to the entire series.
See this AWARD in the PRESS here: