A 24 year-old engineering graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Mr. Oluwaseun Otitoola, has emerged the winner of the 2017 9mobile Photography Competition with his image titled, Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building.
Otitoola won the competition because his image was the first from the top 100 images selected from hundreds initially received.
This year’s edition of the annual competition opened on August 7 with a call for entries and closed on September 11.
After weeks of assessment, with theme: Capturing Solid Memories in 9ja, focusing on “Architectural buildings”, the judges announced Otitoola’s Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building as the winner of the competition.
The self-taught photographer, Otitoola, said that he borrowed his friend’s camera in order to participate in the competition.
He said: “I didn’t have a camera of my own but I love photography so I borrowed my friend’s camera to participate in the competition”.
According to the judges, Otitoola’s image illustrates the “perfect” blend of classic and modern architectural Lagos (Nigeria) which was the theme of this year’s competition.
“It was exactly what we were looking for,” one of the competition’s judges, Kola Oshalusi, said.
As first place prize winner, Otitoola went home with a hi-tech Canon digital camera and N30, 000 worth of airtime.
The finalists: Amanda Ihemebiri’s “The Nest Oil Tower” and Taiwo Omotosho, Lines Side by Side, who bagged the second and third positions, went home with Samsung device and some airtime.
The newly introduced category, the voters’ choice category, was won by Ikenna Ogbenta’s Skies and Scrapers, which came with a Samsung device. The winners were presented their prizes at the office of 9mobile.
Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Mr. Boye Olusanya, said that the competition was geared towards rewarding and empowering photographers to help them actualize their dreams.
According to him, “The competition serves as a platform to discover, reward and empower budding photographers to fulfill their passion and capture compelling images that celebrate our Nigerian heritage”.