Day four;the last day of the competition started off with a visit to the Nairobi Terminus. All stations on the SGR have unique designs inspired by their different locations and this one was not any different. It assumes the shape of a Diesel Multiple Unit Locomotive, with the middle part resembling the double stacking of cargo containers.
The left side of the design shows connection from Mombasa while the right side shows connection to Malaba. The initial architectural design intended the initial height of the station to stand at forty five meters tall.However, there were restrictions because of the existing flight path and therefore it had to be reduced to twenty meters high.
The extreme end of the station houses the control center of the station.
At the time of visit by the contestants, there was limited access to the track area of the station commonly termed as section seven because the was active.There were coaches and locomotives on track while at the same time trial runs were going on to test the functionality of the railway.
The contestants were genuinely spoilt for choice because of the more than enough sites and spots to shoot and give a narration using their photos.
Section 8 ( the building and infrastructure without the railway line) of the terminus was mostly done. Just a little tightening of nuts and bolts here and there.
The Nairobi terminus marks the end of phase one of the SGR project. Arrivals at the terminus will further be channeled into the old meter gauge railway that runs from Syokimau to connect to the airport,the city center and will connect to phase two of the project.
The floor area of the terminus is 16,000sqm and sits on a 400ha piece of land.The terminus has a freight yard where goods cleared from Mombasa can be collected upon arrival.
That kind of space ensured a scattered distribution of the contestants during the entire time at the station.After two hours of photography, everyone was in the bus as instructed and ready to go for lunch then proceed to the last activity of the competition.
The last bit of the competition was a CSR challenge.
CRBC Kenya, has a school feeding program that provides free lunch to twenty schools in Mathare Slums Nairobi,Kenya. Most of the kids in these schools are orphaned and needy hence providing a meal for them makes a whole lot of difference.
Fifty pupils from six of the twenty schools who had participated in a previous talent search in their schools were shortlisted for a short photography lesson by the contestants of the photography competition.
Two contestants were assigned four pupils for one and a half hours. During that period, they were expected to teach the students basic photography and to take a photo of the other contestant as they taught the pupils.
It was refreshing to see the young boys and girls taking keen interest in the photography lessons and asking all the relevant questions. Some of them could not wait to practice what they had been taught.
The session ended in a prize giving ceremony for all the pupils who took part in the exercise.
Day four of the competition and the CSR challenge marked the end of a matter.
May the best photographer win.