Nigerian Photographer Sani Maikatanga’s photo has won 1st prize in the international Wiki Loves Africa 2023 Competition for his photo of a man struggling in submerged flood water caused by heavy rainfall resulting from weather disturbances, deforestation, and climate change, in the Auyo community in Jigawa state, Nigeria.
The International Wikki Loves Africa 2023 theme is Climate and Weather.
This year’s theme celebrates the prevailing climates and day-to-day weather conditions of various locations on the African continent.
According to WHO, climate factors affect the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food, and secure shelter.
Celebrating the details most people overlook, the Wiki Love Africa 2023 competition has selected this year’s winners by receiving more than 13,413 images from 51 countries,where 13 international jury of photography professionals and Communists selected the winners.
In his remark one of the international jurists, Juror Michale Maggas has said that ” This striking photograph captures the stark reality of communities engulfed by floodwaters, the vibrant colors and clarity heighten the emotional intensity and visual impact of the image”
Maikatanga on his part appreciates Wikki Loves Africa for acknowledging his work, he added” Let me express that it is a true honor to attain this special recognition from you, Words cannot express enough how honored I am for this prize you have given me.
The 1st Prize for the International Wikki Loves Africa 2023 prize in the category of photography is $2000 dollars.
Sani Mohammed Maikatanga is a photojournalist and documentary Photographer who’s been working as a photographer since 1992.
WikiAfrica is an international movement that takes place on the African continent and beyond. It encourages individuals, interested groups and organizations to create, expand, and enhance online content about Africa. This involves motivating the representation of the continent’s contemporary realities and history, its peoples, and its innovations on the world’s most used encyclopedia, Wikipedia.