The Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund, a non-governmental organization, has unveiled a special N6 million COVID-19 competition, labeled: ‘WeNaija Photography Competition’, to empower young people across the country.
Babatunde Folawiyo, president of the NSSF, at a press conference in Lagos, said the competition was launched to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to empower young people.
Folawiyo said the competition seeks to tell stories through photography, how Nigerians have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that the competition was open to all creative Nigerians who wanted to express their creativity through photography using any digital device.
He said: “The campaign, titled: ‘Visions of Nigeria’, will provide young people across the country with the opportunity to visually communicate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people, organizations and the country in its community. together and on how Nigerians are coping.
“The coronavirus has transformed the world, irrevocably.
“The disruption of work, the downturn in economies and the impact on human existence is unprecedented and has touched almost every aspect of life.
“For young people, COVID-19 has had and still has an impact on education, employment, mental health and disposable income.
“Thus, when implementing the response and recovery measures to COVID-19, we at the NSSF focused on youth and the intergenerational goal.
“We need to involve young people in building societal resilience as a first step in helping to build back better for all generations.
“The WeNaija Photography Campaign is our inaugural initiative in this space. “
Folawiyo noted that the future will not be business as usual, adding that everyone must be able to thrive in the New World – the world COVID-19 will build.
Dr Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko, managing director of NSSF, said the prizes to be won in the inaugural competition include a cash prize of up to 6 million Naira and paid internships in some of the most prestigious corporate organizations.
Chinye-Nwoko added other winnings from the competition like a personalized mentoring session as well as a percentage of the best photos auction proceeds.
She said: “’Visions of Nigeria’ will paint a picture of hope for a new and safer post-pandemic world.
“The photos will be positive and the messages will be clear and concise.
“Like all photography competitions, NSSF’s ‘Visions of Nigeria’ seeks to precipitate and renew interest in photography, as a medium of expression.
“The platform will also provide visual artists with the visibility they need to advance in their careers, as their competition submissions will be massively shared online and offline. “
Chinye-Nwoko said they are targeting 10,000 entries across Nigeria, adding that the competition will last for four weeks.
She said: “The voting lines for the 100 semi-finalists open on December 13.
“All submissions, votes and the entire contest close on December 25 at 11:59 pm.
“The 100 semi-finalists win cash prizes of N50,000 each and see their works featured in the premium auction to be held in January 2022.”
Chinye-Nwoko stressed that the funds raised during the auction would be channeled towards the further development of at least 500 young Nigerians in life changing vocations for the betterment of our society.
She said the award-winning judges will be on hand to select the top five finalists with the most unique creative designs.