IBM Research Africa launches a pan-African photo competition


IBM Research Africa launches a pan-African photo competition

Photography has grown from just being a hobby for many to being one of the most respected careers in the recent past. More and more opportunities keep coming up for photographer as more and more people get to appreciate it more. IBM Research Africa have joined the wagon and launched a pan-African photo competition dubbed “The World Is Our Lab” to appreciate the best in the field.

The competition has two categories:

a) Main competition for amateur, semiprofessional and professional photographers – They have to register on the photo competition website and submit their photos, which must adhere to certain specifications.

b) Social media competition – Similar to #Kenya365, users will be assigned a different task every two weeks to highlight different things in their part of Africa under the hashtag #IBMResearchAfrica. Every week, @Truthslinger will highlight some of the best photos that have been submitted for the task.

The competition has three main categories which include;

African Grand Challenges
African City Systems
African Innovation
Great prices are up for grabs including Lenovo T440 laptop with photo-editing software, An all-expense-paid trip to Nairobi, Kenya to visit IBM Research – Africa, iHub with accommodation at Hemmingways Nairobi, a photography workshop with Mutua Matheka – one of Africa’s most exciting young photographers and the creme de la creme, a 3-day trip for two people to the beautiful Hemingways Hotel Watamu (special prize for Kenyan winners instead of the trip to Nairobi).

The top entries will be framed and put on display at the IBM Research – Africa lab in Nairobi, Kenya with a credit to the photographer. Winning entries will also be displayed on IBM webpages (all winners to be credited for work that is reproduced).

Announcement of the three winners will be announced in February 2014.

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, IBM Research’s twelfth global lab is the first science and technology research lab on the continent. IBM Research’s presence in Kenya is intended to encourage and strengthen an innovative culture, and engage local entrepreneurs and innovators to develop solutions to the challenges faced by the people of Kenya, the surrounding region and other fast-growing markets around the world.