A budding photographer, Oluwaseun Otitoola, who said he borrowed a camera from his friend to take pictures, has emerged as the winner of the 2017 edition of the 9mobile Photography Competition.
Otitoola won the competition with his entry titled, Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building, beating two other finalists – Amanda Ihemebiri with The NestOil Tower and Taiwo Omotosho, for Lines Side by Side.
Otitoola was announced winner at the grand finale and award presentation ceremony, held at the 9mobile Head Office, Banana Island, Lagos.
Otitoola, who studied Chemical Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said he was inspired by his passion for photography.
“I didn’t have a camera of my own, but I love photography. So I borrowed my friend’s camera to participate. I chose Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building because of the symbolic status of the building and its environment, which tells the story of Lagos in the past and the Lagos we know today,” he said.
Apart from the three finalists, who were judged by a team of photography professionals, Ikenna Ogbenta emerged winner in the Voters’ Choice category with his entry entitled, Skies and Scrapers.
Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Boye Olusanya, said the company created the photography competition in 2014 as a talent discovery and reward platform.
He said, “9mobile Photography Competition is not about winning but about talent, creativity and innovation. The aim is to engage and empower budding photographers to fulfil their passion by using the power of digital media, online, social and mobile technology to capture compelling images that tell authentic Nigerian stories.
“Over the nine years of our existence, we have consistently been at the forefront of promoting talent and creative development among the youth across different sectors, such as education, art, literature, science, sports and entertainment amongst others.
“A bold new generation of Nigerian photographers is emerging to capture the changes and challenges thatpeople are facing across the country and we are glad to see young people participate. It gives us pride that we are playing a crucial role in nurturing their dreams.”
Olusanya commended the judging panel, comprising Hakeem Salaam, Kola Oshalusi and Kunle Awolowo – for ensuring that the entire process was fair and of the highest standard.