Nigerian Photographer Yagazie Emezi recieves Getty Images Award

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26 years old Yagazie Emezi is among the six photographers selected by an industry-leading panel of the international photohub platform for amounts between $2000 and $5000.

26 years old Yagazie Emezi is among the six photographers selected by an industry-leading panel of the international photohub platform for amounts between $2000 and $5000.

She has been awarded the Inaugural Creative Bursary Award by Getty Images.
Other recipients include Neema Githere from Kenya; Oriana Koren, Jeremy Dennis, Donavon Smallwood and Tara Sellios from the United States of America.

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The Abia State Prolific photographer, came in joint second place with Neema Githere for a prize sum of three thousand dollars.

The news was shared on the official website of Getty Images and confirmed by Emezi on her Instagram page @yagazieemezi on Tuesday, where she wrote:

“Excited to announce that I am among the 6 recipients selected for the @gettyimages Creative Bursary (@gettyimagescreative) for emerging photographers!

“Thanks to the funds, I’ll finally have some small piece of mind to set time aside to put form to the things in my head lol.

“Congratulations to the rest of the recipients (it was great to see a familiar name on the list representing Kenya @findingneema)!
“Ready for the challenge and looking forward to seeing how we make use of this opportunity to tell more of our necessary stories,”


The Young photographer began her journey as a self-taught photographer in 2015 and has been commissioned and featured by Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, and UNFPA.

Yagazie who is also a Vlogger and a graduate of Cultural Anthropology and African Studies from the University of New Mexico came into limelight for her continuous project ‘Another Tale by Moonlight’.

She returned to Lagos from the United States in 2014, to ‘document life in Nigeria as it truly is’

Emezi has also featured on several other projects including ‘Felaberation’ and the Lagos Fashion Week, She also featured as a contributor at the West Africa Photo Press Masterclass.

Getty Images Inaugural Creative Bursary Awards was established in October 2017, to support emerging photographers, who must be under 30 or have been pursuing professional photography for less than three years.

The annual $40,000 Bursary will enable them to realise commercial photographic projects which, without funding, they might not have otherwise been able to pursue.

For the selection, participants were asked to submit a project proposal and visual brief in support of their creative idea. Awardees were selected from the pool of entries.

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