Student scoops photography award

The photo Kartende submitted for the competition (Photo by Andrew Kartende)

BY JOEL OSEKENY

Andrew Kartende, a third-year student of Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics at Uganda Christian University, Kampala campus, has been voted second best photographer out of 200 entrants for a photo competition in Germany.

The inaugural photography competition organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Uganda, a Germany political foundation based in Uganda, was organised under the theme: “Confidence in the future”.

Entrants from all over the world submitted photographs from April 30 to June 7 this year. On June 8, the jury selected four winners, in Berlin.

Zahara Abdul, a Ugandan photographer was in the first place with a photo called “Seeking light”. In second place was Kartende with his photo “Hope in the Future”. Two entrants from Germany and Uruguay took third and fourth place respectively.

Kartende, who is also a documentary photographer, explained that his photo reflects on the struggles of the ‘second generation’.

“In a world where progress is synonymous with urbanization, I attempted to permeate through the veil of generality and bring to light the complexity that these teenagers (often described as hustlers) go through confidently hoping for a brighter tomorrow.”

According to a website statement by the jury, Kartende’s photo effectively highlighted the situation of ecology and poverty in parts of Africa.

The award earned him a cash prize of €1,000 (Shs4 million), while the first place winner took home €1,500.

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