22 photographers have been recognized for their photos during the 2016 Kenya Photography Awards night held at the National Museums of Kenya.

There was no overall winner hence no award was given. The judges felt that the level of entries did not quite attain such a level and as such did not want to lower their expectations and standards by selecting an overall winner.

“We have come a long way in growing the photography industry as a whole and we still have a long way to go. The culmination of this photo contest tonight is a testament to the hard work that each and every photographer put so that we showcase some of the best imagery we have. Congratulations to all the winners tonight and may this awards motivate you the more and inspire young talent out there each and every day,” noted Njeri Mwangi, Chief Organizer, PAWA 254.

She added: “I call upon all young and upcoming, professional and amateur photographers in the country to bring out their best shots every year and together we can sharpen and grow the industry as a whole. In partnership with Canon and Photographers Association of Kenya, we will be rolling out photography classes so that we nurture young talents in the society.”

On his part, Chief Guest, Swedish Ambassador, H.E. Johan Borgstam commended all the winners and committed to working closely with the awards model now and in the future.

Below is the full list of the winners

News – Daniel Irungu Mwangi and Kevin Onnoka (Series)

Daily Life – Georgina Goodwin (Single and Series)

Sports – Larry Asego and Suleiman Mbatiah (series)

Nature – Mwangi Kirubi and Abdulrahman Mutuma (series)

Portraiture – Migwa Nthiga and John Wambugu (series)

Creative – Larry Asego and Iteba Alloys (series)

Most Promising Young photographer of the year – Churchill Oele and Peter Ndungu (series)

Peoples’ Choice Winner – Richard Alele

The awards attracted a total of 1607 entries and saw photo enthusiasts send in their photos for nine different categories – News, Creative, Sports, Nature, Portraiture, Daily Life, Young photographer of the year, Special category (Climate Change), and People’s Choice.

The awards saw photographers bag up to 1.124m  in prize money.

Organized by PAWA 254 and sponsored by Canon, the 2016 Kenya Photography Awards seek to not only reward excellence in the discipline but also promote and improve photography standards in the country.