Charles Mghenyi, a journalist with the Star Newspaper, has been crowned the winner of this year’s Kenya Press Photo Awards- Creative Category.
The Coast region senior journalist, who has a vast experience in business, health and education reporting, ventured into photography early this year as part-time hobby but shaping it into a professional photography career.
He decided to try his luck when the dates for submission for best photos in the national competition were announced on the official website of Kenya Press Photo Awards in October.
Mr. Mghenyi has been practicing professional journalism at the Coast region for the last 5 years and pursuing professional photography has been his dream.
“I felt the urge to try and submit some of my photos. I submitted about 10 photos in different categories. However, I was skeptical that I would be among the finalists and be crowned the best creative photographer of the year,” he said.
Mghenyi has worked at an Islamic based radio station Radio Rahma where he gathered adequate experience in news and features reporting, radio broadcast and production.
[Creative Photographer of the year Mr. Charles Mghenyi (L ) with other winners during the award ceremony. Photo/Charles Mghenyi]
The hardworking senior news and features reporter with The Star newspaper has been always aiming high in his journalism career.
He said the special national recognition is only a challenge bestowed on him and that would trigger more efforts and hard work in his journalism career.
On Wednesday, during the Kenya Press Photo Awards Gala Dinner held at Laico Regency Hotel Nairobi, Mghenyi was announced the winner in the creative category.
Mghenyi took to his official social media accounts to thank God for the award.
“Thanks Heavenly Father! A great honour to have won in this year’s Kenya Press Photo Awards. Creative Category Winner 2018,” he said.
He is looking forward to participate in more photography and other journalism excellence recognitions in the coming years as well as deliver competitive news stories and photographs to his senior editors at the Star newspaper.