About Us


The brainchild of multiple award-winning photojournalist and founder of PAWA254, Boniface Mwangi,

the idea that gave birth to the Awards started to take shape during a discussion over a cup of tea between him and the former Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, Jacques Pitteloud, a photography enthusiast and published nature photographer in his own right.

The first edition of the Awards took place in November 2013, with an impressive 1,100 submissions received in 7 categories with Thomas Mukoya emerging as the first overall winner of the event.

Want to become a Partner?

In an era where photography captures the attention of many, Kenya Photography Awards gives you the opportunity to showcase your products and services to photographers, photography lovers and the general public. In 2016, we went a step further and introduced a 1 day mini-expo as a value-add for all our partners at no extra cost. We also had plenty of benefits depending on the sponsorship category you wish to pick. Please download the document on the link below for more information.

Custom Sponsorship Packages

For organisations and businesses that would like a custom package, please get in touch with any of our listed contacts for a brief or additional information.


The inaugural Kenya Photo Awards was held on 26th November 2013 at the KICC.

There were 7 main categories under which photographers gave their submissions. The guests of honour at the event was the Chief Justice and the President of the Supreme Court, Justice Willy Mutunga. Category winners took home ksh 100,000 each, while runner-ups got ksh 25,000 each. The overall winner got ksh 200,000. Nominees photographs were later exhibited at Alliance Francaise Nairobi for two weeks in December 2013.

2015 Statistics

We started on a high note.


Total number of Entries





14 Million

Hashtag reach


#CanonPhotoAwardsKE total engagements

5 Million

Hashtag impressions

Our Judges

2018 KPA Judges . . .


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