ABUJA, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Channels TV Senior Photo Editor and global visual journalist, Sodiq Adelakun has been selected as a member of jury for the 2024 World Press Photo contest.
The World Press Photo is a Netherlands-based non-profit organization committed to awarding the best of photojournalism and documentary photography stories around the world and they have been running for over 68 years.
Adelakun will join the African jury out of the six continental body of juries which consist of five members each, to review this year’s submissions and select the winning photographs and stories shot in Africa before being presented to a global jury.
The judging process takes place in several rounds, over six weeks, in January and February 2024. It involves regional juries and a global jury, and will take place both online and offline.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to represent my country, most especially Africa in such a time where impactful visual journalism needs to be resuscitated for budding visual journalist” the former Punch Newspaper Photojournalist said.
“I look forward to seeing innovative inclusion of African stories, most especially stories that can elevate and put Africa on the pinnacle.”
Adelakun who is also a contributor for AFP, is the second Nigerian photojournalist to be awarded the World Press Photo prize and also the first Nigerian winner to become a member of the jury since inception.
The documentary photojournalist, who has nearly two decades experience in visual storytelling, will be contributing his knowledge in the reviewing process of the African Jury in South Africa before the head of global jury announces the final winners.
The 2024 World Press Photo Contest is open for entries till January 2024. The contest welcomes multiplicity of stories and a diverse range of photographers from all over the world with prizes including up to €6000 and global traveling exhibition.