Kyambogo University student wins 2020 Young Photographer award

Monica Ahairwebyona, a student at Kyambogo University recently won the prestigious Young Photographer 2020 category in the Uganda Press Photo Awards (UPPA).

While speaking to the media, she revealed that she was shocked to win the award, given that she had faced stiff competition from more experienced photographers, some of whom had training and expertise in the art.

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The Architecture student revealed that herstory was derived from the theme “Rising Fast Africa’s Changing Spaces”.

She chose Nairobi City as a case study because it is one of the fastest-growing cities.

The story focused on Rising Fast, Rise Right.

Monica has been passionate about photography since her high school days but only got serious about it upon reaching the university.

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She will join the Young Photographer Award Mentorship Programme where she hopes to learn from the professional perspective, master the technicalities of the practice, and understanding the principles on which photography thrives.

Her message to young and prospective photographers is to look at photography is a medium that helps them tell or show people their convictions.

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Furthermore, she advises that one should not be afraid or tie themselves down to having the technicalities only, but rather enjoy the art and experience.