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The 2017 edition of the 9mobile Photography Competitors, a talent improvement initiative by 9mobile, is coasting to the climax with the announcement of the three finalists and the Voters_ Decision winner.
The three shortlisted finalists as selected by the judges are: Amanda Ihemebiri, for "The NestOil Tower" Oluwaseun Otitoola, for "Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building" and Taiwo Omotosho, for Lines Side by Side. For the voters_ selection category, Ikenna Ogbenta emerged winner for his image "Skies and Scrapers." He had the highest number of votes on line.
The trio of Ihemebiri, Otitoola and Omotosho had been selected from the list of _Top 100_ by a jury primarily based on top quality, creativity and relevance of their entries. The jury comprising Hakeem Saalam, Kola Oshalusi and Kunle Awolowo - who are all achieved international photographers - will carry out a final review of the shortlisted photos and thereafter announce the winner and the two runners-up.
On the other hand, Ogbenta emerged winner of the Voters_ Decision having earned the highest quantity of votes for the duration of the on line voting for his entry, _Skies and Scrapers_, a slanted image of 1 of the 1004 Estate towers at Victoria Island, Lagos standing against a beautiful blue sky.
Prizes will be awarded to the winner, runners-up and Voter_s Choice winner during the winner announcement, scheduled to take location in Lagos on November three.
Speaking about how the competitors has fared, Director, Brands and Encounter, 9mobile, Elvis Ogiemwanye, expressed delight at the higher level of interest and participation which the competition generated this year, and commended the participants for the creativity and high-quality of their entries.
"We are quite excited by the volume of entries that had been received this year. The 2017 9mobile Photography Competition was keenly contested, and this additional affirms 9mobile_s leadership position in actively engaging our subscribers, particularly the youth by enabling and encouraging them to express their talents.
"At 9mobile, we are entirely committed to the growth of Nigeria_s creative business by advertising talent development across arts, literature, science, sports and entertainment segments. We have and will continue to explore techniques we can support talent mining to much better position and empower our subscribers to give them the necessary edge to succeed," he enthused.
Mr. Ogiemwanye added, "We are glad that entries received for the 2017 edition of 9mobile Photography Competition are impressive both in terms of creativity, high quality and relevance. The judges have carried out an excellent job in deciding upon the three finalists. I congratulate the Voters_ Decision winner, Ikenna Ogbenta, whose entry got the highest number of votes on the internet."
This year_s edition of the annual 9mobile Photography Competitors kicked off on August 7 with a call for entries, which closed on September 11. The competitors serves as a platform to uncover, reward and empower budding photographers to fulfil their passion and capture compelling pictures that celebrate our Nigerian heritage.