2018 Submission Rules


The competition is open to Kenyan citizen photographers, 18 years and above, in possession of a valid National ID or passport.

Kenya Photography Awards will accept published and unpublished photographs.


  • Entry is free.
  • Entries can either be single photos or a series of images. All images submitted must be taken by Kenyan nationals, in Kenya, between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017.
  • The deadline for entries is 11:59p.m. of 19th May 2018.
  • While only one photo is allowed for every singles’ entry, entries in series must contain a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 photos.


  • This year has 7 (seven) main categories namely: NEWS, DAILY LIFE, SPORTS, NATURE, PORTRAITURE, CREATIVE and HUMANITARIAN/DOCUMENTARY. The Most Promising Young Photographer of the Year will be selected from across all categories and awarded to entrants between 18-24 years. The People’s Choice category will be a selection of the judges’ best images that will be put to a public vote and the image with the most votes wins. These two will NOT be stand alone categories.
  • Photographers can submit a maximum of 2 (two) entries per category, across all categories (maximum of 14 entries per person into the competition).
  • Entries may either be 2 singles into the same or different categories, or 1 single and a series within the same category or series in different categories. You CANNOT enter the same image into more than one category. Such an entry will be nullified. Additional entries will NOT be accepted.
  • The overall winner off these categories shall be crowned the Photographer of the Year 2018.

Technical File Details

  • All digital files submitted must be no less than 2MB and no larger than 5MB.
  • All photos must be in JPEG format.
  • All entries must be at least 1,600 pixels on the long edge. (Images not within these parameters  will be disqualified).
  • Photographs that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will not be accepted. Only minimal adjustments are allowed (contrast, sharpness, burning/dodging, cropping and color correction). However, this does not apply for the Creative category that explores experimental and artistic approach to photography (e.g. HDR photos and stitched panoramas).
  • The judges reserve the right to ask for unedited/raw images.


All photographs should include the following information in the EXIF data/metadata:

  • Caption or description (a short description of who, what, where, when, why) that is not more than 150 words per photograph. Include when and where the photograph was first published if applicable.
  • Location where the photograph was taken (city, county, etc).
  • Date when the photograph was taken.

If it is part of a series entry, the title of the series story must be indicated.

Naming Your Images

  • For the first part of your file name, choose a personal code (3-4 characters long) but should not contain any identifying characteristics such as your initials or anything that might identify you to the judging panel.
  • The second part of your file name shall be the short code of the category of the entry. The codes are as follows: NEWS (NW), DAILY LIFE (DL), SPORTS (SP), NATURE (NT), PORTRAITURE (PT), CREATIVE (CR) and HUMANITARIAN/DOCUMENTARY (HN).
  • The third part of your file name shall be the entry number. If it is your first entry to the Sports Singles category it would be numbered 01. If it was the second entry, it would be numbered 02. If it is part of a series, the numbers should run in the order in which you would like the images to be seen.
    (e.g. Your personal code (MM), category (DL) and your entry number (01)… Your entry would thus read as MM_DL_01)


  • For each category, the Judges will select one winner and one runner-up.
  • All winners and nominees will get certificates and an invitation to a Masterclass. Category winners and runners-up will get cash prizes in addition.
  • There will be an additional 10 nominees for the Most Promising Young Photographer category. These nominees will each be awarded a certificate and join the winners for the masterclass.
  • One photographer will be selected, based on their entries, for the Kenya Photographer Award-2018, and will receive the main prize.
  • Winning photographers should be willing to participate as panelists in public dialogues centered on issues related to their photographs.
  • The Judges’ decision is final.
  • By entering the competition, the photographer confirms that they own the rights to all the images entered into this competition, or if they are an employee of a media organization they have all necessary permissions from their organization, and grant the competition organizers permission to reproduce any submitted images for the purposes of promoting this competition, including but not limited to website, posters, exhibitions and catalog.
  • Members of P.A.K. Committee, Staff of PAWA254, Judges, and their immediate family members are NOT eligible to enter.
  • For any questions/inquiries, please call 0729 913 946 or email hello@photoawards.co.ke


Hon. Michael Onyango


Sylvia Gichia


Yasuyoshi Chiba


Georgina Goodwin


Jide Adeniyi Jones



Submissions have been closed. Thank you for participating and for your engagements. Judging and announcing of nominees coming up soon.

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