Last October I worked in Rwanda with the organisation, DelAgua, to produce a set of images for a campaign to include internet exposure, for publication in the media and in the book "Transforming Lives Through Enterprise", as seen here. The images have appeared in the Times and have been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards in the campaign category. The book was endorsed by David Cameron, who wrote, "Provision of clean water and efficient cook stoves are vital to tackling the underlying causes of poor nutrition and other major health problems. ", going on to site the pictures and the project as "an example of how British social enterprise company is helping to change lives in one of the least developed countries in the world.".
The book was an ambitious undertaking to present an overview of DelAgua's project in Rwanda.
To see more about the project go to http://www.delagua.org/
British photographer Jonathan Banks is today announced on the shortlist for the Professional Campaign category of the world’s biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards.
Jonathan Banks’s series, “Tubeho Neza - Transforming Lives Through Enterprise” was selected from 173,444 images from 171 countries, the highest number of entries in the awards’ eight year history.
He will now compete to win the category and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year tile plus a $25,000 (USD) cash prize and latest Sony digital imaging equipment. The winners will be announced on Thursday 23 April.
Each year the Sony World Photography Awards uncovers the best contemporary photography in the world and rewards and recognises both professional photographers and enthusiasts. The Professional competition was judged anonymously by a panel of experts from the World Photographic Academy and photographers were judged on a series of between 3 and 10 images.
Jonathan Banks’s images, along with the other shortlisted photographers, will be shown at London’s iconic Somerset House from 24 April – 10 May as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.