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The Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

IBM is launching a Photo contest to celebrate the opening of their new research lab in Africa, in Nairobi (I should say it’s the only research lab in Africa right now). I am proud to be associated with this contest as a judge alongside Erik Hersman (Founder of iHub and Co-Founder of Ushahidi), Uyi Stewart (Chief Scientist, IBM Research – Africa) & Salim Amin (Chairman: Camerapix Ltd, The Mohamed Amin Foundation, A24 Media), mainly because it is a contest to celebrate the potential shutter bug in you. Yes you who isn’t even necessarily a photographer. I have always been a fan of us Africans making photographs that share our story and showcase our home and I believe this to be one of the fantastic ways to highlight this.

There are obviously a few incentives to participate like a trip to Nairobi to see the lab, a photography workshop and a few nights at a top hotel in the coast, laptops, all courtesy of IBM.

Now this contest is an African contest and not really a Nairobi or Kenyan thing. The 3 main categories these photos shall fall under is as shown below.

1. African Grand Challenges – What are the grand challenges that need to be addressed for Africa to realize its potential? Traffic? Accountability for our leaders? Security? Capture and share images that show your countries’ challenges and opportunities for improvement.

2. African City Systems – What systems do African cities depend on? Infrastructure like roads, buildings and bridges? The systems we use to live and communicate – such as telephones, internet and social media? Capture and share images that define how a city lives & breathes.

3. African Innovation – Every day people on this continent are finding an easier way to do something. What are the solutions that people are putting in place across Africa to overcome the challenges of daily life and create new opportunities? The creative ways individuals or communities live, communicate and trade such as mobile money transfer systems? Capture and share images that define our innovative & creative spirit.

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Lake Tanganyika, Bujumbura, Burundi.

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Rwanda

It is really easy to participate and submit your photos for this.

1. Go to the IBM Website,

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2. Log in and enter your details. Name, email, password (you know the drill). Or connect via Facebook, Linked In or Google. Very easily done.

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3. There you shall see your complete profile formed on the website. You even upload a photo of yourself for your Profile and you are ready to start posting photos.

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4. To upload photos, you simply follow the links and you can add as many as 8 photos at a time. Name the photo and caption it and choose the category you feel it falls under from the 3.

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5. Once you’ve uploaded your photos, you can also view the gallery of all the shots that shall have been submitted by the different photographers. You can share the photos, comment on them and all that.

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That’s the detailed view of the photo when you click on it. You can vote, comment share the photo from here or from the gallery page.

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The streets of Nairobi, Kenya

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Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

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Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

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Nairobi nights, Kenya

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Sunrise in the city, Nairobi, Kenya.