(Nairobi, Kenya – 4 December 2013) – With just over one month remaining for photographers to enter the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, the World Photography Organisation (WPO) is proud to announce the Honorary Judging Committee for this year's competition and to reveal an exclusive selection of submissions to the 2014 awards.
The 2014 Honorary Judging Committee will be chaired by William Hunt, a New York-based photography consultant, who will once again also host the annual awards gala on 30 April 2014. The full panel comprises of photography professionals from the World Photographic Academy including: Ruth Eichhorn, Director of Photography, Geo Magazine (Germany); Johanna Neurath, Design Director for Thames & Hudson publishing (UK); Isbaella Icoz, Curator (Turkey); Guy Harrington, Director, Soho Management (UK); Matthew Pillsbury, Photographer (US); Harry Hardie, Panos Pictures/ HERE Press (UK); Suzy Koo, Creative Media Manager, Burberry (UK); Poorna Bell, Lifestyle Editor, Huffington Post and Simon Barnett, Director of Photography, CNN Digital.
Entries to the Open and Youth competitions of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards will close on 6 January, followed by the deadline for the Professional competition on 9 January. All entries are free via www.worldphoto.org.
Exclusive images, which have been entered into the 2014 Open competition, can be downloaded from the WPO press centre at press.worldphoto.org.
Now in its seventh year, the awards are one of the leading photography competitions in the world and it gives international exposure, recognition and opportunity to both its winning and shortlisted photographers.
Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang, winner of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title, comments: “Winning the L'Iris d'Or was a great recognition and it made my work reach out to a worldwide audience – not only to editors, collectors and potential collaborators in the business but, most importantly, the everyday readers who were moved and engaged by the images. It opened up new opportunities for me, and was a huge motivation to continue following the stories that I believe in.”
In the 2014 awards professional photographers will compete for the coveted title of L'Iris d'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year, plus a $25,000 (USD) cash prize. Judges will also award the 15 winners for each of the Professional categories for their series of work.
Amateur and enthusiast photographers will contend the Open Photographer of the Year 2014 title, plus a $5,000 (USD) cash prize. The judges will also select the best single winning shot for each of the ten Open categories. In addition, three photographers under 20 years old will be chosen as winners of the Youth competition.
All category winners across the awards will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Furthermore, the winning and finalist photographers will receive an exhibition of their work at Somerset House, London, from 1-18 May 2014, will be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and will also be featured across the WPO website.
The shortlists for the 2014 awards will be announced on 4 February, followed by the winners of the Open categories on 18 March. The overall and Professional categories winners will be revealed at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony held in London on 30 April.
The Kenya National Award is new for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards and is open to photographers of all abilities from across the country. Entries are free via www.worldphoto.org and photographers can enter one of ten categories. The judges, including Documentary Photographer Amunga Eshuchi, Kennedy Gathuru, Sony Middle East & Africa local office representative and Astrid Merget, World Photography Organisation Representative, will uncover and honour the best single image by a Kenyan national from across these categories.
Further details about the Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation can be found at www.worldphoto.org.
As Nairobi residents brace themselves for the imminent switch off of their analogue television sets, consumers have been in a rush to acquire approved set top boxes which will enable them continue accessing the essential service beyond the December 13th date, a gazette deadline where Communication Commission of Kenya is expected to initiate the 1st phase of ensuring Kenyans access television on the digital platform.
Pay television companies have taken advantage of this period to have brisk business but it seems in the process, the public are left at the mercy of companies eager to make money at the expense of the service they are to supposed to provide.
We have intercepted a letter sent by a concerned consumer to COFEK. It shows a consumer raising concerns on how he was made to purchase a Pay Television decoder from Gotv only to realize that he had to pay monthly fees as opposed to what he thought was a decoder to migrate him to the digital platform at no fee.
In the end, the poor Kenyan is being pushed to spend up to Ksh 7,100 on a set top box whereas essentially there are those retailing at between Ksh 4,000 to 5,000 which would have seen him save up to Ksh 2,000!
My Name is Hesbon and I live in Kahawa Sukari. Given the indication that the Government intends to switch off the analogue television sets, I took up the initiative to purchase a set top box from Gotv for Ksh 4,500 where according to the company's attendants who served me at a tent set up within the company's compound in Westlands, I was to access all channels including our Kenyan channels.
Towards the end of October, I noticed I could only access KBC, I switched the decoder on and off and checked my aerial but the problem persisted. I then decided to take the decoder back to the company offices.
The attendant I met told me that what I paid when I purchased the decoder was inclusive of subscription which had now expired and if I want to continue accessing channels I had to pay monthly or pay another 2,600 to access Kenyan channels!! Why am I being charged extra money to access our channels which essentially should be free???
This means I will end up paying Ksh 7,100 (4,500 + 2,600), whereas had I known this before I purchased, I would have purchased from another company which I see being advertised between 4,000 and 5,000. Gotv attendants said their decoder was cheaper, but now it's evident it is very expensive!!
COFEK, don't you protect consumers from such evident consumer exploitation? I feel cheated and bitter, I wonder how many Kenyans have been taken through the same.
SCANAD KENYA BAGS NINE AWARDS AT HOTLY CONTESTED MSK AWARDS Agency recognised for creative work for Coca-Cola, Barclays, Unilever, Nation Media Group and afb
Leading advertising agency SCANAD Kenya has once again proved its prowess in the local market, scooping nine awards at the recently held Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) Gala Awards 2013.
The agency, which is wholly owned by advertising, communications and marketing services giant Scangroup Ltd, beat several competitors to bag the following awards:
Winner for Best Advertising Campaign – Coca-Cola, Africa Let's Go Crazy
Winner, 1st and 2nd Runner's Up for Best Rebranding/Relaunching Campaign – Barclays Bank (Barclays Prestige Banking), Unilever Kenya (launch of new Omo variant – Omo Extra Fresh, Omo Best Ever Stain Removal with a touch of fabric conditioner), Unilever Kenya (Geisha Naturals)
2nd Runner's Up for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign – Unilever Kenya (Blue Band Schools Puzzle Challenge)
1st and 2nd Runner's Up for Best Launch Campaign – Unilever Kenya (Omo Best Ever Stain Removal with a touch of fabric conditioner), afb (Affinity Card launch)
1st and 2nd Runner's Up for Best Promotions Campaign – Nation Media Group (Utajenga Lini), Barclays Bank Loans Promotions
The awards, held in Nairobi recently, saw SCANAD Kenya compete against other advertising agencies including Saracen OMD and Media Edge Interactive, in a hotly contested event organized to recognise creativity and best practices within the Kenyan marketing and advertising industry.
Speaking upon receiving the honours SCANAD Kenya's Managing Director Sandeep Madan said the awards were the culmination of long hours of strategy, planning and execution, all tasks that could not have been carried out with precision without dedication and team spirit.
“We are very pleased to have earned the recognition of the Marketing Society of Kenya and we believe that these awards justify all the sweat and tears that went into the projects,” said Madan. “The local advertising industry has grown significantly in the last couple of years and with this growth has come strong competition, something we welcome as it is the only way we can continue to challenge ourselves to do better.”
Other winners at the Awards Gala included Media Edge Interactive – which took away the award for Best Launch Campaign for the launch of the Nakumatt Blue Label range of products – and Saracen OMD which won Best Integrated Marketing Campaign for its work on Beiersdorf East Africa Limited's Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant campaign.
MSK is the national umbrella body for all marketers in Kenya whose key mandate is to empower and regulate the marketing industry by creating policy that governs the industry, education and training of professionals, corporates and entrepreneurs, marketing and business mentorship and arbitration through the Advertising Standards Board.
Despite the rain the event was a great success, with all expected DJs and artistes turning up and working the crowd with different genres of music ranging from kwaito and dance to hip hop, reggae and dancehall. Both local and international performers delighted revelers from the three different stages, with those at the Boom Boom Dome being driven into a frenzy when dancehall super star DJ Robbo Ranx left the decks to his fellow British DJ Seani B and distributed his CDs to the crowds right in the middle of a killer reggae/dancehall set.
The Simba Saloon was turned into a little Jamaica when ZJ Chrome took over, playing popular dancehall hits and testing the crowd's dancing skills.
Security was tight and marshalls on high alert to ensure responsible drinking.
Smirnoff has this year partnered with Homeboyz to give the Sepetuka Music Festival a sparkle that Kenyans have never experienced before. The event – to be held on Saturday 30th November 2013 – is set to transform Nairobi's Carnivore Grounds into the ultimate nightlife experience, bringing together the finest talent line-up ever seen in Kenya.
The music festival promises to be the biggest of its kind in the country, offering a never before enjoyed outdoor partying experience to lovers of music cutting across all genres. This year's headliners will cover everything from rap, hip hop and Afro house to kwaito, R&B and dancehall, and will play from three separate stages all equipped with world class sound.
Expected at the festival include DJ Envy, one of the biggest acts from the USA and winner of 'DJ of the Year' at the 2013 Global Spin Awards – the equivalent of the Grammys in the DJ business.
Making up the stellar lineup also include: DJ Robbo Ranks (U.K., dancehall), ZJ Chrome (Jamaica, reggae and dancehall), Silver Star DJs (Jamaica, reggae and dancehall), DJ Semtex (U.K., hip hop), Heavy K (South Africa, kwaito and Afro-House), DJ Seani Bee (aka the Remix Kid, U.K., dubstep, hip hop and dancehall).
Representing Kenya on stage will be the best of our homegrown DJ talent, including Homeboyz DJs Hassan, Vin and Jack Rooster, DJ Styles, DJ Crème de la Crème, DJ Hypnotic, DJ Pierra M, DJ Kaydee, the Electrique DJs and 6am DJs, who will support famed radio personality and DJ G Money.
Although primarily a DJ festival, Sepetuka will also be showcasing the finest in local music, with the three stages playing host to leading artistes Muthoni the Drummer Queen, urban-soul stars Fena Gitu and Sage, the lyrically gifted Rabbit and beautiful songstress Habida.
Acknowledging that this is probably one of the most ambitious settings for a music festival in Kenya Homeboyz Radio's John Rabar says the festival is also an appreciation of local and international DJ talent, and a celebration of Kenya's musical diversity.
“Sepetuka 2013 is going to be the biggest, most fun-filled music festival that Kenya has ever experienced. We're going all out this year, fusing the best local and international talent to give our fans the most extraordinary night they have ever experienced,” he said. “Unlike other years where the association has been with reggae and dancehall this year we've broadened our scope to cater for those who love Afro house and hip hop, showing that we appreciate all genres of music and want to celebrate them.” By partnering with Smirnoff the event promises to be nothing but the ultimate experience, as is the tradition with all Smirnoff-sponsored events.
“We understand what young Kenyan adults enjoy doing, the music they connect with, the kind of events that thrill them, and that's why the Smirnoff brand came on board this year's Sepetuka,” said Evanson Mbugua, Smirnoff Brand Manager in Kenya. “The entertainment line-up itself is reason enough for people to turn out in huge numbers; now add to that the signature Smirnoff cocktails such as Smirnoff Black Mamba and other tantalizing offerings and you 're looking at an extraordinary night, the ultimate Smirnoff experience.”
Security at the venue has been beefed up and only those 18 years of age and above will be allowed access. Tickets are available online at ticketsasa.com and will be sold at the gate for Ksh.1,000 and Ksh.3,000 for regular and VIP respectively.