A leading global logistics firm is organizing a photo competition, where four winning photographers, both amateur and professional, will walk away with thousands of dollars in cash prizes.
According to a release by the African Press Organisation, APO, Agility Africa, the organisers of the competition, are intent on showcasing the lighter and progressive side of the African continent, something they say, is often ignored by those who tell the African story.
According to Agility Africa Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey White, seven out of 10 of the fastest growing economies are in Africa, something worth writing home about.
“We hope this photo competition will demonstrate some of the positives revealing the real progress and development that Africa is making,” Mr White is quoted as saying, adding: “We want to capture images reflecting the robust modernization happening every day, from sustainable farming to manufacturing to oil and gas production. We hope, as a result, perceptions of Africa will become more balanced, and they will come to see Africa as a significant contributor to the world economy.”
The winning photographers in the competition slated for between June 1 and September 1, are to be drawn from three categories: Cities, Industry and Technology and, according to the release, the overall winning photographer will get a US$4000 grand prize, while those in the three categories will walk away with US$2,000 each.
“It calls for photographers to capture an Africa booming with tech savvy, youthful consumers, fast-paced urbanization and long-term economic prospects,” the release issued in Cape Town, South Africa on June 1, states in part.
Agility Africa is a US$5 billion annual revenue earner with more than 20,000 employees across 100 countries, with interests in oil and gas, warehousing, airport services and ground handling, among other services.