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    This year’s Capture Kenya Challenge saw us embark on a journey to change perceptions. Every now and then we get to hear of stories about us being told by other people. Stories that only reveal us in bad light.  There is is this general warped view of our country by foreigners that only depicts us as being riddled by poverty, war and general turmoil. But you know what? The only reason these stories are being told is not just because the people telling them are myopic, but because we are also not telling our stories properly.

    If you do not like what is being said, change the conversation. #ThisIsMyKenya

    Whereas Kenya, like any other country, faces her own share of challenges, those challenges are not what defines us. We have both the good and the bad. So this year, Safaricom Kenya took matters into it’s own hands and sort to paint a positive image of our country. There are lots of hidden treasures in plain sight everywhere. We were sent to find them, to unearth them and flaunt them to the world. We were to sent out to tell the story of This Is My Kenya.

    This year, we did things a little differently from the last two Capture Kenya challenges. This year, they introduced protégés to tag along and learn from the pro photographers. Each the teams that were selected to peel back the mask of negativity misrepresenting our country were composed of a professional photographer, a protégé, a blogger and a producer.

    Team Coast:
    Osborne Macharia (pro photographer, K63 Studios)
    Emmanuel Thuo (protégé, Ethuo Photography)
    Magunga Williams (blogger, the Magunga)
    Fortune Ngoiri (producer)

    Team North & Central:
    Allan Gichigi (pro photographer, Allan Gichigi Photography)
    Kokan Andrew (protégé, Love Life Photography)
    Morris Kiruga, (blogger, Owaahh)
    Maureen Wanjiku (producer)

    Team Western:
    Migwa Nthiga (pro photographer, Magiq Lens Kenya)
    Joseph Kiragu (protégé)
    Ndinda Kioko (blogger)
    Lillian Maina (producer)

    We said our kwaheris to each other on the 11th of September 2015 and went out on our separate adventures. Along the way, I told my version of This Is My Kenya in words. The photographers did the same through their lenses; changing perceptions by the click of their cameras and with every shutter, with every click, they cleared the dense, black smoke that clouds people’s judgement.

    The essence of this project was to drive home one point; that a narrow focus tells a different story than a story told from a wider perspective. The images from This Is My Kenya expeditions were compiled into the Safaricom Coffee Table Book as well as the Safaricom 2016 calendar.

    Take a look.

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    JANUARY
    Santur Village | Allan Gichigi & Kokan

    What do you see? A barren landscape…

    or breathtaking Kenyan beauty?

    FEBRUARY
    Mzima Springs | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo

    Do you see confrontation? Or…


    …the spirit of true companionship?

     

    MARCH
    Bachuma | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo

    When you look at her, do you see despair? Or..


    …the beauty of old age wisdom?

     

    APRIL
    Hippo Bay | Migwa Nthiga & Joe Kiragu

    Do you see reefs cast adrift? Or..


    …an unthinkable spirit?

     

    MAY
    Mtito Andei | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo

    Alone and neglected? Or…


    .
    ..smiles that light up lives?

     

    JUNE
    Mombasa | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo

    Anchored in the past? Or…


    .
    ..embracing diversity?

     

    JULY
    Loiyanglani | Allan Gichigi & Kokan

    A desolate village, Or…

    …the splendor of Kenyan lands

     

    AUGUST
    Kilimambogo Village | Allan Gichigi & Kokan

    Are these asking for help? Or..


    …remarking at a story well told?

     

    SEPTEMBER
    Diani | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo

    Is there nothing special here? Or..


    …is this a beautiful place to grow up?

     

    OCTOBER
    Kisumu | Migwa Nthiga & Joe Kiragu

    Are these primitive crafts? Or…


    …a preservation of African traditions?

     

    NOVEMBER
    Lake Turkana | Allan Gichigi & Kokan

    Lost as sea? Or…


    …generations of expertise?
    the Magunga

     

    DECEMBER
    Old Town Mombasa | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo

    Today’s hustle? Or…


    …a taste of history?

    // THE END//

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    You can find these amazing images on the Google App Store; This Is My Kenya App . Also, if you want to know how the app works, here is a video for your knowledge and delight. Have fun.

    This Is My Kenya: Safaricom 2016 Calendar via @theMagunga
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    Ben

    This is what we need. We’ve been made to deny our own country as bad. We must now stand for it, and show the world that kenya is marwa. Magunga erokamano

    Edu

    Splendid culture, lets appreciate we (Kenyans n Kenya)

    Mitani

    This is beautiful and attractive and elating. All that is a preservation of our land.

    Marleen

    i love the contradiction how you can easily mistake something good for its negativity .Beautiful photos.

    Nyanduaki

    Job really well done, Magunga and team. Well captured, beautiful, meaningful and all.
    And on the Bookstore too. I’ve placed my first order. Cheers.

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