Submission of Entries will open on Monday 14th March 2016 and close at midnight on Saturday 30th April 2016.


  • The Award is open to photographers who are Kenyan citizens of 18 years and above, in possession of a valid National ID or passport. However, for the Young Photographer of the Year Award category, the submissions are open to photographers between 18-24 years.
  • Kenya Photography Awards will accept published and unpublished photographs.


  • Entry is free.
  • Entries can either be single photos or a series. All single photos/series must be taken by Kenyan nationals, in Kenya, between 1st January 2015 and 31st December  2015. This information shall be verified through EXIF data/metadata.
  • The deadline for entries is midnight of 30th April 2016
  • Entries in series must contain a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 photos, while only one photo is allowed for every singles’ entry.


  • This year’s categories for entries are: NEWS, DAILY LIFE, SPORTS, NATURE, PORTRAITURE and CREATIVE.
  • Photographers can submit their entries as a maximum of 2 entries per category, across all categories. This means a maximum of 12 entries per person.
  • 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. Additional entries will NOT be accepted.
  • The overall winner off these categories shall be crowned the Photographer of the Year 2016.


  • All digital files submitted must be 7MB or smaller, must be in JPEG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels on the long edge.
  • Photographs that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will not be accepted. Only minimal adjustments are allowed (contrast, sharpness, burning/dodging, cropping and colour 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.


Photographers can submit their entries through the KPA website under ‘Submit Your Entry’ page. Any entries submitted through other means other than the entry form on the official website WILL NOT be accepted.


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.


  • 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 MOST PROMISING YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER (YP), SPECIAL CATEGORY (SC) and PEOPLE’S CHOICE (PC)
  • 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, a runner-up and an honourable mention.
  • All winners will get certificates and an invitation to a masterclass. Category winners and runners-up will get cash prizes in addition.
  • There will also be an additional 10 nominees for the Most Promising Young Photographer category. The 10 nominees will be awarded a certificate each and later attend a three-day photography masterclass in the second quarter of 2016.
  • One entry, single or series, will be selected for the Kenya Photographer Award-2016, 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.
  • Judges’ decision is final.
  • By entering the competition, the photographer confirms that they own the rights to all the images they enter 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 +254 729 913 946 or email