By Bonnita Aluoch

The 2017 edition of the SGR Photography competition kicked off officially on the 20th of March 2017. The event themed; ‘SGR Discover a New World’ was flagged off by Dorothy Ghettuba the founder of Spielworks Media Kenya at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

Twenty-five shortlisted photographers chosen from hundreds of applicants turned up fully equipped with their tools of trade ready to tell the tale of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway with their lenses.

The SGR is a project of the China Road and Bridge Corporation; which is one of China’s largest state –owned companies operating in the international project contracting market. Since 1984, CRBC has been operating in Kenya and has successfully completed twenty-three road projects with a total length of 1,200 kilometers and berth 19 of the Mombasa port. Other on-going projects include the Nairobi Southern bypass and the first three berths of the proposed Lamu port at Manda Bay.

This is the second time CRBC is holding a photography talent search competition with the first one being in the year 2015 where a total of forty contestants consisting of professional and amateur photographers traveled from Mombasa to Nairobi capturing the varied aspects of the CRBC’s projects. A public exhibition was then held and winners were crowned at the Safari Park Hotel in a colorful event.

This year, CRBC is looking for an outstanding photographer to showcase CRBC’s Standard Gauge Railways project positively and also highlight its contribution to the communities in its target sites.

CRBC has given the photographers a platform to express themselves artistically and in a manner words cannot express to give a positive representation and perception it has duly earned. The competition will run from the 20th of March 2017 to 25th of March 2017. The photographers will travel from Mombasa to Nairobi over the five days as they track the SGR project and tell stories with their photos.

At the end of the road trip, CRBC will hold an online gallery exhibition to showcase the works of the twenty-five photographers. The exhibition will be expected to run for one week. Winners of the online challenge will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 7th of April 2017.