Ten young and talented photographers will participate at an intensive workshop to be facilitated by professional photographers in Lagos and stand a chance to win the top prize for this year’s Fashola Photographic Foundation(FPF) course.

Young Talents Contest For Fashola Photographic Foundation Top Prize
Jurors and organizers at the Fashola Photographic Foundation Portfolio Review (L-R) Folakunle Oshun, Winifred Okpapi,Charlotte Langhorst, Adeola Olagunju, Uche Okpa Iroha

Entries by the 10 finalists were adjudged the best at a portfolio review organized by event curators, Temple Management Company (TMC) which held recently at the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) office in Lagos. The review was carried out by Uche Okpa Iroha, Charlotte Langhorst, Adeola Olagunju and Folakunle Osho.

                      Young Talents Contest For Fashola Photographic Foundation Top Prize
A cross sectional photo of the participants and one of the jurors Folakunle Oshun.

The finalists are Nnamezie Asogwa, Anthony Onyejesi, Ralph Eluehike, EbunAkinbo, Adedokun Oluwatoyin, Akhenebiri Joshua, Oyedeji Fawaz, Adekunle Bryan, Christopher Nelson and Stephanie Ugwu.

Hundreds of entries were submitted after a call was made for pictures that best captured the theme: What Lies Beneath, with a bias to human impact on the environment; whether positive or negative.

Things have now been set in motion for a winner to emerge and claim top prizes including DSLR Professional Cameras, an apple MacBook, a solo exhibition and a 3-month internship. Last year, the duo of Vivian Nwobi and Kehinde Yusuf emerged winners and underwent a month-long training course at the New York Film Academy.

Young Talents Contest For Fashola Photographic Foundation Top Prize
A cross sectional photo of the participants and one of the jurors Charlotte Langhorst who is an assistant director at the African Artists’ Foundation.

According to Winifred Okpapi, Art Manager at TMC, the winner will be announced at the end of the workshop by children of late Alhaji Ademola Fashola, in whose honour the foundation is constituted, at a private ceremony on July 22.In the build-up to the programme climax, all 10 finalists qualify to participate at a tuition-free workshop beginning Monday July 16 to be facilitated by professional photographers who have volunteered their time and expertise to be a part of this initiative.

Young Talents Contest For Fashola Photographic Foundation Top Prize
A group photo of the Jurors and the participants at the FPF portfolio review.

Facilitators and mentors at the week-long workshop are Uche OkpaIroha, Charlotte Langhorst, AdeolaOlagunju, Uche James Iroha, Isaac Emokpae, Tam Fiofori, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Oyinda Fakeye, Abraham Oghobase, Lukman Olaonipekun (Lukesh) and Logor.

                                         About Temple Management Company (TMC)

The Temple Management Company Limited (“TMC”) is a full-service creative talent and event management company incorporated in Nigeria and operating in the Entertainment, Sports, Media and Art sectors.

Using a 360 approach to management, the company oversees the day to day business/affairs of creative talents and ensures that they maintain sustainable competitive advantage over the rest. TMC prides itself in its ability to operate on a global scale.

The company’s mission is to continually improve on African content, bridge the gulf between talents and their foreign counterparts, and guarantee that processes are in line with international best practices.

                          About Fashola Photography Foundation (FPF)

The Fashola Photographic Foundation was founded with the aim to support, promote and develop the art and technology of visual arts- photography, cinematography and videography in Nigeria. Programs lined up for community engagement each year include a series of contests for Emerging and Professional photographers, portfolio reviews, exhibitions and more to serve as platforms for participants to gain recognition in the region for their artistic and technical achievements. Other objectives include:

-To organize exhibitions, seminars, workshops and publications to raise awareness and develop critical thinking in contemporary photographic Art in Nigeria.

-To establish a resource centre of photographic related texts for consultation, research and documentation

-To establish a public database of photographers, photographic organisations and galleries in Nigeria

The foundation was founded in honour of the memory of Late Alhaji Ademola Fashola, himself a talented photographer and avid lover of the art form.