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Our Brief History

The brainchild of multiple award-winning photojournalist and founder of PAWA 254, 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.

2013 Awards

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.

Numbers From 2015

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WORDS From KPA 2015 Winners

  • “Climate change category got me a chance to showcase my work on a global platform in paris-France in 2015. These awards elevated my position as a Kenyan photographer.”

    –John Wambugu
    –John Wambugu Winner, climate change category 2015
  • “I have been in photography since I was 12. I love the job and since I got into conservation issues my work has gotten more recognition.”

    –Sushil Chauhan
    –Sushil Chauhan 2 time Nominee
  • “I have been in photography for a while now. Being nominated in 4 categories for me is a great encouragement. Next year I will be sending in photos to win!”

    –Larry Asego
    –Larry Asego Nominee in 4 categories-2015

The Judges

  • KARL DESOUZA
    KARL DESOUZA Judge
  • GARY KNIGHT
    GARY KNIGHT Judge
  • JIDE ADENIYI JONES
    JIDE ADENIYI JONES Judge
  • SYLVIA GICHIA
    SYLVIA GICHIA Judge
  • TIM TADDER
    TIM TADDER Judge