The jury nominated the winners of the Inaugural Rugby Africa Media and Photography Awards



The jury nominated the winners of the Inaugural Rugby Africa Media and Photography Awards

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The articles and images submitted were all impressive and the winners of this competition truly reflected how sport can build a more inclusive world.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Rugby Africa Media and Photography Awards today announced the winners of the prestigious awards.

With entries for the awards from May 17 through July 31, 2021, the competition was open to journalists and photographers who have remarkably captured the love of the game on and off the pitch. The winners – John Batanudde from Uganda and Dave Mwaura from Kenya – were announced at an online awards ceremony where they both walked away with US $ 1,500 in prizes.

The jury chaired by World Rugby President Sir Bill Beaumont includes current and past male and female rugby players, including three winners of the 2019 South African Rugby World Cup with Springboks legend Tendai ‘ Beast ‘Mtawarira, as well as high-ranking personalities. senior executives from companies operating in Africa, from Google to Uber, from Jaguar Land Rover to Visa and from Pfizer to Harley Davidson, and male and female rugby referees.

Here is the full list of jury members:

The awards honored the glorious game in Africa captured through the eyes and creative words of those who promote rugby in all corners of the continent.

As part of Rugby Africa’s work to develop the culture of the sport across the continent, the criteria for the awards were mindful of submissions that value the promotion and progression of the game as we love it, across the continent.

By clicking on the Golden Cup image ( of a muddy battle between Cowardly Heathen striker Scott Oluoch launching an attack on Warriors players in a match of the Uganda Cup played at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala, Uganda, said Batanudde he was delighted and extremely happy that his emotional photograph captured the judges.

“I am impressed with the response and recognition from the Rugby Africa Media and Photography Awards. When I captured this battle on the ground it was full of courage and determination, that’s what I wanted to portray. I am honored that my work is commended and that I take the first place.

His writing counterpart, Mwaura said his passion for the game and his search for human stories on the continent is what drives him when creating his content. His editorial titled Monate Akuei: From South Sudan’s War Ashes to Rugby Stardom ( details the incredible rise of a player who grew up in the face of war, spent his days in a refugee camp and escaped South Sudan with his family in 1998. “I am really happy to have won this award and I want to thank the jury for showing such respect for my job. I am looking for the people behind the game and this particular story has touched on all the elements to rise from its ashes and allow rugby to make a difference in a lifetime.

Juror and Chairman of Standard Bank Group, Thulani Gcabashe was won over by the artwork presented by the winning image.

“The captured image was certainly full of action! The runner with the ball has determination all over his face. He’s much bigger and stronger than those attacking him, and the mud makes him nearly impossible – a metaphor for the struggles you have to go through to win.

Visa Senior Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa Aida Diarra said the awards prove that sport and rugby in particular can bring unity in diversity.

“Sport has the ability to bring people together and is a catalyst for many to go beyond what is expected. The articles and images submitted were all impressive and the winners of this competition really showed how sport can build a more inclusive world.

Harley Davidson’s accompanying juror and Vice President Europe – Middle East – Africa Dr Kolja Rebstock said he was very impressed with the quality on display.

“I love taking pictures myself and know how difficult it can be sometimes to freeze and capture the right moment at the right angle. You need an eye and a heart to see a beautiful background and capture the precise emotion behind an image. It was indeed a very difficult choice to make and I would like to congratulate all the participants and the winners.

APO Group founder and president Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard said he was grateful to the jury for sharing their time and contribution to the prizes.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to have the quality of the members of the jury who chose to be part of the awards. It was significant that football greats, including World Rugby President Sir Bill Beaumont, and senior executives focused on supporting football in Africa. Their contribution and experience set the bar for future awards and criticism of the nominations. “

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