VISIONS of Africa, a photography exhibition, was launched by Mayor of Kerry Bobby O'Connell at 11am on Tuesday morning at the local library. The exhibition will run there until Friday, June 18.
Apparently, this is an annual event in some parts of the county: but a first for Castleisland. The exhibition features 30 striking images which portray a positive image of rural and urban Africa by amateur and professional photographers. The winning images were selected by seven judges from over a hundred and sixty-six entries in a five hour selection session. The panel comprised of three Irish judges, and four from Africa.
The Irish judges were Rory Kirby, a TV/film producer/director and an accomplished photographer, Dr Muiris Ó Laoire, a senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, and Mike Foley, photography and festival co-coordinator for Samhlaiocht and the Kerry Film Festival. The African judges were Naima Sharif Osman, a qualified nurse from Somalia, Barny Hassan, a second year student in Business Studies at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Abdurrahman Ame, a TIRC (Tralee International Resource Centre) volunteer from Ethiopia and Zola Nanizaya, also from TIRC and is from Uganda.
The exhibition is organised by KADE and Clubhead-bangbang as part of National Africa Day celebrations and is funded by Irish Aid.
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