The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has presented its inaugural William Over Photographic Award for the best series of photographs exhibited during this year’s Gwanza Month of Photography.
The exhibition, which ran from 11 July until 10 September under the theme 4+20 Possibilities saw the participation of 33 photographers, among them Nancy Muteki, Watson Ufumeli, Believe Nyakudyara, Rodney Murungweni, Nyaradzo Dhilawayo and Tadiwa Kunzekweguta.
William Over Photographic commercial equipment and consumable sales manager, Gemma Parvin, said this year’s theme is very relevant to today’s Zimbabwean, a country which is rich with possibilities – some are hidden beneath the surface but others are presenting themselves to those ready and willing to see.
“The secret is to be able to see below the surface and take advantage of the opportunities,” she said.
Nyaradzo Dhliwayo who exhibited the Possibilities series, won the first prize of a Fuji Film camera, while Tadiwa Kunzekweguta came in second and walked away with high gloss paper.
Kunzekweguta says: “Winning the William Over Award is a humbling experience to me. This was my first time participating in Gwanza, having been a photographer for only eight months, and already I have taken second place.”
In choosing a winner and a runner up, the panel of judges considered how well the artist embraced the theme and then captured it in the images.
The Gwanza Month of Exhibition, which is a brainchild of veteran photographer Calvin Dondo, has been running for 12 years, providing space for upcoming artists to exhibit their work.
This year’s edition was sponsored by Culture Fund Zimbabwe through its partnership with the European Union.
William Over Photographic has pledged to continue sponsoring the award.