Sun. Nov 17th, 2019

Ghanaian based Photographer wins the best photo of 2019 and gets featured on Forbes.

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Songs of freedom by Michael Aboya

Songs of freedom by Michael Aboya

“Songs of Freedom,” an arresting image of boys enjoying music by Michael Aboya, @eightman, a 24 year-old self-taught Ghanaian photographer, has been selected as “Best Photo of the Year” and awarded a grand prize of $25,000 during the official Agora Awards 2019 ceremony held in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Michael Aboya for a while now has been putting Ghana and Africa on the map with his culturally promoting photos and exquisite art, he stated ” I achieved my 5 year goals in just 2 years and 10 months”, this goes to show how persistence and constant hardwork will definitely land you the desired results.

Michael Aboya receiving his award.

After nine months of competition and more than 130,000 submissions from photographers all over the world, the winning image was chosen from 50 finalists.

Unlike any other contest, the #AGORAawards2019, in its third year and open to professional and amateur photographers who can join for free, recognizes the single most-voted photo of the year, without any photography genre categories.

“The Agora Awards 2019 is an international show that anyone, anywhere, can join in,” explains Octavi Royo, Agora’s CEO and Founder. “Watching, participating, voting: Together we can change the course of photography.”

The winner is selected by a jury of experts and the public that want to participate through the Agora app, “a global photography community with more than 3.5 million users from 193 countries,” according to its statement. Every week, Agora users participate in international photography contests around one of 52 annual hashtags on universal themes #Fun, #Love or #Work, and vote for the best photos. The prizes include cash, from $1,000 to $25,000, and photo gear.

 

Credit: Forbes.com

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