Photo competition

RISE Africa Annual Photography Showcase

The RISE Africa Annual Photography Showcase encourages imaginative and novel thinking to collectively envision the futures of African cities. It aims to promote citizen photography and grassroots storytelling, as well as curated photo-journalism, as a way to excite and encourage citizens and decision makers about their homes. The resulting photographs will be used to elicit ideas from city officials, urbanists, decision-makers, private sector and civil society who will explore and engage with the exhibition through a number of workshops. These annual photography showcases intend to produce realistic, novel and positive demonstrations of Africa which are curated from within.

In order to achieve this, ICLEI Africa will be running an annual instagram competition to which anyone who is passionate about the future of African cities is encouraged to contribute. Each year there will be a new theme to explore key thematic areas of RISE Africa. See thematic areas here.

Theme for 2020: Hidden Flows

How do water, food, energy, waste and people move through your city? How has this changed due to Covid-19? How do you imagine these hidden flows of resources changing in the future?

For 2020 our theme, #hiddenflows, aims to uncover the heartbeats of our cities by showcasing the resource flows and urban metabolisms of African cities – see the concept below for inspiration. This photographic journey explores the lived experience of urban Africans and their relationships with the resources that sustain them and let them flourish. As our cities grow, what types of infrastructure do we need? What types of services are provided by technologies, and what types by people? How do we build infrastructures of solidarity to respond to shocks like Covid-19, flooding, drought, malnutrition, and marginalisation.

Over the course of five months we hope you will join us to share how resources such as food, water, energy, waste and people move through African cities, and how these flows interact to give cities their unique characters.

How to Participate

  • Follow our instagram page @futureafricancities for inspiration, and tag us when posting your images.
  • Hashtag your image(s) with #hiddenflows and the topic of the month:
    • June: #Food
    • July: #Waste
    • August: #Water
    • Sept: #Mobility
    • October: #Energy

 

All qualifying submissions will be posted on the @futureafricancities page

Enter as many times as you like for greater chances of winning

Watch this space to keep updated.

The Concepts

Urban Metabolism describes how a city takes resources from its local and global environments – consumes them, digests them – for economic growth, construction, and social wellbeing – before disposing of the wastes in the local environment. This is a wasteful process and many are hoping that cities will invest in more circular systems in which we reuse and recycle our resources.

Formal resource flows are described as centrally-operated, networked infrastructures: electricity lines, piped water and sewerage, transport and logistics, etc. These deliver resources directly to urban citizens, who are mostly unaware of how these resources have travelled and been transformed before they reach them.

However, the reality for many African cities is that resource flows are often delivered in informal manners, through social interactions. These are also ‘hidden’ from many urban citizens and urban decision-makers, which means that efforts to improve African urban sustainability are often ignoring important flows and the people who move them.

5 Months; 5 Themes; 3 Winners per Month will be exhibited

1 grand prize winner opens the exhibition in Cape Town in 2021

June: Food

July: Waste

August: Water

September: Mobility

October: Energy

What we would like to see:

We would like you to see your creative expressions of the resource of the month. Show us how your city works.

Entries can be abstract or literal. Think social documentary, fashion, still life, portraits, any form your stories take,  the creative licence is yours! As long as the image is still (no video, please) and shows  us how the chosen monthly resource flows in your city. We are looking for provocative images with strong aesthetic value, meaningful content and alignment with the themes.

For inspiration check out @FutureAfricanCities. The subjects of your photography should truthfully and positively represent people and the cities.

 

Criteria for Selection

Aesthetic Value

Provocative or Innovative Imagery

In Line with Theme

Monthly Winners:

1. Images exhibited on the RISE Africa online showcase and at RISE Africa 2021

2. Online mentorship session with Leading Photographer of your choice:

– Vaughan Treyvellan – Fashion & portraiture; @portraitsby_vaughan and @vaughan_photo

– Inge Prins – Decor & Still Life; @inge_prins

– Street Photography

– Aerial Photography

3. The printed and mounted copy of their winning photo, after it has been exhibited in May 2021

Grand Prize

1. A sponsored trip to Cape Town to open the exhibition at RISE Africa in May 2021

2. A guided photographic transect walk in Cape Town, with city planners and local photographers

We will announce the competition winners on Instagram and on this page

Style Guide: Area, City, Country. Describe what is happening: who, what, why.

Check out our style guide below for inspiration

The competition jury

Chris De Beer-Procter (@chrs_debeer)

Chika Okoli (@ForAfricans)

Daaf Borren (@The BrightContinent)

Paul Currie (ICLEI Africa)

Competition Timeline

  • Three of the most compelling photographs will be selected as the ‘winners’ of each month and will be shortlisted for the grand prize
  • At the culmination of five months, a Grand Prize winner will be selected from the shortlisted images by a competition jury.
  • The overall winner will be announced in October 2020 and may stand a chance to partake in the RISE Africa 2021 summit in Cape Town.
  • These entries will also be exhibited online on the RISE Africa website and at a physical exhibition in May 2021.

Please note: Given the current circumstance in which many countries have been placed on lockdown or are in some form of restricted movement to contain the spread of COVID-19, we encourage participants to submit images from their photographic archives, unless participants are permitted and able to capture real-time photographs.

 

Eligibility

We encourage anyone to submit images, but the subjects must be of, or in, African cities.

Remember, please share portraits with permission – Images must not be degrading to the dignity of the subject.

Use rights

Each participant retains all copyrights to their photographs and recognition is provided with any use of the photographic submissions. However, by posting a photo for this competition:

  • Participants confirm that the submission is their own work and that they have the permissions necessary to share it with ICLEI Africa;
  • Participants grant ICLEI Africa the right to showcase the photograph(s) during the RISE Africa Summit as well as use them for promotional purposes.

For more information about the Rise Africa Summit and to follow competition updates, please visit: https://riseafrica.iclei.org/.

Disclaimer

ICLEI Africa reserves the right to define the particular criteria for choosing the most compelling submission and not to select a winner.

For any inquiries about the photography showcase, please contact: jehan.bhikoo@iclei.org & riseafrica@iclei.org

Why are we doing this annual competition?

By participating in this photo competition, your images will be used to engage policy-makers, thus making a valuable contribution to progressing sustainable development in African cities.

This year’s theme and outputs forms part of the Leading Integrated Research in Africa’s (LIRA) Inclusive Metabolism project, and contributes to the following projects and events: Circular Development in African Cities, Mainstreaming Urban Metabolism, #AfricanCITYFOODmonth, and #AfricanMobilityMonth. The photographs will be exhibited at RISE Africa 2021 and used as a backdrop for sessions focused on these themes.

Style examples

Inspiration by @chrs_debeer:

Kliptown, South Africa. Two men transport a container with water to their homes. Many in South Africa’s informal settlements lack access running water in their homes. Water services in South African informal settlements have been in sharp focus during the Covid 19 pandemic as the country worries that many poor South Africans cannot wash their hands frequently as recommended.

 

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Hidden Flows 2020 (#HiddenFlows) aims to uncover the heartbeats of our cities. Be a part of the instagram competition by posting a photo of the monthly theme and you could win! To enter, follow RISE Africa (@future_african_cities) and use the hashtag #hiddenflows and the monthly theme #water. Winners will be announced monthly and a grand prize announced in October 2020. For the full brief visit RISE Africa website, link in bio.

 

@future_african_cities #mywaterflows #hiddenflows #water #documentaryphotography #southafrica #covid19

Inspiration by @pkctures:

Antananarivo, Madagascar. Watercress is grown throughout this hilly city, though this urban agriculture is threatened by urban built expansion, poor waste management and sanitation systems. Finding ways to safeguard these green spaces which provide nourishing food, urban cooling and livelihoods is vital.

 

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Hidden Flows 2020 (#HiddenFlows) aims to uncover the heartbeats of our cities. Be a part of the instagram competition by posting a photo of the monthly theme and you could win! To enter, follow RISE Africa (@future_african_cities) and use the hashtag #hiddenflows and the monthly theme #food. Winners will be announced monthly and a grand prize announced in October 2020. For the full brief visit the RISE Africa website, link in bio.

 

@futureafricancities #hiddenflows #food #documentaryphotography #antananarivo #madagascar #urbanagriculture #greenspace #ecosystemservices #covid19

Inspiration by @pkctures:

Accra, Ghana. A tro-tro mate signals to potential passengers on Liberation Road. Tro-tros provide affordable transport for about 70% of Accra’s population, making them the most valuable infrastructures for connecting people to work, home and markets in the city.

 

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Hidden Flows 2020 (#HiddenFlows) aims to uncover the heartbeats of our cities. Be a part of the instagram competition by posting a photo of the monthly theme and you could win! To enter, follow RISE Africa (@future_african_cities) and use the hashtag #hiddenflows and the monthly theme #mobility. Winners will be announced monthly and a grand prize announced in October 2020. For the full brief visit the RISE Africa website, link in bio.

 

@futureafricancities #hiddenflows #mobility #documentaryphotography #accra #ghana #movingpeople #trotro #transport