South African photographer Phandulwazi Jikelo won the Top News category in the Russian Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, which is organized by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency in conjunction with UNESCO. His entry was one of 5,000 from 76 countries.
Jikelo, who’s based in Cape Town but is originally from King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape province, is not new to awards.
While still freelancing for Independent Media titles Cape Times, Cape Argus and Weekend Argus, he was nominated for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards in 2013. In 2014, he won the Vodacom Regional Award. And in 2015, he won at the Standard bank Sikuvile National award in the Sport category.
He started working permanently for the Independent Media-owned daily newspaper I’solezwe LesiXhosa in 2015, and won his second Vodacom Regional award. His third Vodacom Regional Award came in 2016 under the same title.
Photography came second to journalism in Jikelo’s career choices—he applied for the former at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) after finishing high school, but couldn’t get accepted as his application was late. He then did a 2-year diploma course in media and journalism at The Independent Institute of Education's Rosebank College.
Jikelo became a photographer for the college’s magazine RoseMag. His interest for photography grew from there, and, after finishing his diploma, he applied for a photo course at CPUT, and was accepted. “All I wanted was to document the daily life in my area and the lives of those who are unfortunate, to tell my story, if I may put it so,” he says.
For the full story, and all his amazing winning pics, head on over to Okay Africa.
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