Pre-NIPHEC PhotoWalk

pre-niphec photowalk
The Nigerian Photography Expo and Conference 2014 is set to hold on 29th April – 3rd May, 2014.

Like last year, a photowalk will hold a day before the main event starts. This year’s walk is being coordinated by the Street Shooters NG.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet, mingle and network with photographers in the industry before things get serious at the conference.To enable people locate the venue of the conference, the walk will start at Ikeja City Mall and end at LCCI Conference & Exhibition Centre, where NiPHEC 2014 is set to hold.

No registration necessary for this. Just show up ON TIME.
Date: April 28, 2014.
Meet-up point: KFC, Ikeja Shopping Mall.
Time: 2PMFor more info, call 08060435734, 08121434955.


Join us for a photowalk at Ikeja

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On monday, March 3, 2014, the Street Shooters NG will go on yet another photowalk on Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja.

This is a special edition photowalk where someone from NiPHEC will be around to film us as we do our thing, as part of a documentary being made for NiPHEC 2014.

That is another reason for you to join photographers of all walks of life and skill levels as they come together to network, learn from each other, take great pictures and most importantly, have fun while doing so.

Time is 3PM. We meet at Trinity Mall, near Steadfast II bus stop, Ikeja.

We hope to see you there.

The Street Shooters NG Photowalk February 2014


The Street Shooters NG Photowalk is a monthly event where photographers of all walks of life and skills levels (mostly in Lagos) come together, usually in downtown areas to socialize, learn new tips from each other and explore their corner of the world through photography.

The February 2014 edition is happening on friday, February 28, 2014.

Location: Obalende.

Time: 2PM

For more info contact us on BBM: 26584650 | p: 08060435734 | t: @StreetShootasNG |

Survival’s 45th Anniversary Photographic Competition

A photograph tells a thousand words: Survival launches first ever photographic competition to mark 45th anniversary.
Enawene Nawe men perform the Yãkwa ritual, a four-month exchange of food between humans and the ancestral spirits, accompanied by dancing and chanting to the sound of flutes.

Enawene Nawe men perform the Yãkwa ritual, a four-month exchange of food between humans and the ancestral spirits, accompanied by dancing and chanting to the sound of flutes.
© Fiona Watson/Survival

In 1969, the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine published an article by Norman Lewis about the genocide of Brazilian Indians, with strong images from the acclaimed photographer Don McCullin.

It led to the founding of Survival International, the global movements for tribal peoples’ rights.

Tribal peoples have developed ways of life that are largely self-sufficient and extraordinarily diverse. Photography is a powerful medium for raising awareness of tribal peoples and the threats to their existence.

Images play an emotive role in telling important stories. And ultimately they can help to change the lives and futures of some of the most vulnerable peoples on earth.

© Caroline Halley des Fontaines/Survival

In 2014, Survival celebrates its 45th anniversary. To mark this, we are launching our first-ever photographic competition. We are looking for striking photographs of tribal and indigenous peoples from every corner of the globe.

Winning entries will create Survival’s 2015 calendar, which every year raises funds for Survival’s vital campaign; will be published on Survival’s website and social media outlets; and will be exhibited at The Little Black Gallery in London and in other countries where Survival has offices.

Hadza hunters in Tanzania use the song of an African bird to guide them to bees’ nests in baobab trees.

Hadza hunters in Tanzania use the song of an African bird to guide them to bees’ nests in baobab trees.
© Joanna Eede/ Survival

Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the judging panel will include Survival’s Director Stephen Corry, actor and Survival Ambassador Gillian Anderson, the BBC’s Human Planet photographer Tim Allen, the Little Black Gallery’s Founder Ghislain Pascal, Survival’s Photography consultant Joanna Eede and Survival Italy Coordinator Francesca Casella.

The winning images and overall winner will be selected not only for their originality and the strength of composition, but also for their demonstration of sensitivity to and understanding of tribal peoples, their ways of life and the issues that jeopardize their futures.

The winning image will receive an Olympus camera E-PM2, donated by Olympus.

Image categories, Survival’s photographic policy and full terms and conditions of the competition can be found below:


-Lands: images that show the intimate relationship between tribal peoples and their lands across continents.
-Human diversity: portraits of individuals, families, relationship between parents and children, elderly, etc.
-Ways of life: for e.g. hunting and gathering; rituals and ceremonies; life at home; nomadism.

Terms and conditions:

-We only accept digital submissions of no more than 1MB (if your photograph is chosen, we will ask you to submit the original file in high resolution).

-Maximum 5 images submitted per entrant.

-Open to both amateur and professional photographers worldwide.

-By submitting images you agree to give Survival International permission to print them in Survival’s 2015 calendar, and for the images to be used only for:

-Press and publicity in conjunction with the calendar, including print and online.

-An exhibition to be held at The Little Black Gallery, London and in other countries where Survival has offices.

-By entering the competition all entrants confirm that their entries are their own original work, that they own the copyright in it, and that they haven’t infringed third party rights.

-Respect for tribal peoples is paramount. No tribal peoples or their lands should be harmed, offended or violated in the process of taking photographs. (See Survival’s photographic policy below).

-Survival International accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost or corrupted during the upload.

-Survival International’s decisions on all matters affecting the competition are final.

-Competition closing date: March 31, 2014.

-Please email entries to:

-Please make sure each submitted image is clearly captioned with the following detail: name of tribe; place/country photograph was taken; any relevant narrative, activity or information; and, if possible, the date each photograph was taken.

Survival photographic policy:

Survival has always striven to convey a fair and accurate picture of tribal people. Where practicable and where they might otherwise convey a false impression, Survival will date the images it publishes. Those contrived by a photographer or videographer to make tribal people appear more ‘traditional’ than they are in reality, or where they dress for tourists, or which otherwise falsify their appearance or behavior, are only knowingly used by Survival if this is explained.

AAF presents ‘We Are Love’

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It’s February, the month of love, and nine Nigerian artists explore the concept through various art mediums, including painting, collage, photography, and mixed media. The African Artists’ Foundation presents ‘We Are Love’, an exhibition featuring recent work by Tyna Adebowale, Tolu Aliki, Ike Gerald Chiemieze, George Edozie, Obinna Makata, Yomi Momoh, Obi Nwokedi, Chike Obeagu, and Uche Uzorka.
Opening Reception date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 6pm
Exhibition duration: February 8 – February 15
Venue: AAF Gallery, 54, Raymond Njoku Street, off Awolowo Way, Ikoyi, Lagos

This event is free and open to the public.

Hairstyles by J.D. Okhai Ojeikere

Born 1930, Ojomu Emai (Near Lagos), Nigeria

J.D. Ojeikere grew up in rural Nigeria. Having an early interest in photography, he purchased a Brownie D camera and after learning the basics began to seek work with the Ministry of Information in Ibadan. In 1954 he was offered the position of darkroom assistant, and in 1961 became a photographer for Television House Ibadan, the first television station in Africa. After a stint at West Africa Publicity, Ojeikere joined the Nigerian Arts Council, where he produced some of his most important works.

These photographs are dedicated to Nigerian culture, and are unique in that they were not commissioned, and produced without any commercial support. The thousands of resulting images have become an important anthropological and ethnographic documentary source. Of these works, most notable are the Hairstyle series. Consisting of around a thousand works, it is Ojeikere’s largest and most thorough body of work. In these works, Ojeikere photographed the sculptural hairstyles of everyday Nigerians – on the street, in offices and at parties. Ojeikere likens hair stylists to artists creating sculpture, and wishes to “record moments of beauty, moments of knowledge” through the ephemeral fashions of the day.


Agaracha © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Mkpuk Eba © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Modern Suku © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Onile Gogoro or Akaba © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Star Koroba © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Udoji © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Ife Bronze © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Pineapple © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

NiPHEC 2014 Photo Contest: NAIJA PEOPLE & PLACES


The photo contest is a platform that provides an opportunity for Nigerian photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. This year’s theme is centered on Nigerian People & Places and it is geared towards celebrating the rich heritage of Nigeria at 100 (1914 – 2014).

Submitting your pictures will give you a chance to win different cash prizes.

1st Prize: N300,000
2nd Prize: N200,000
3rd Prize: N100,000
4th Prize: N60,000
5th Prize: N30,000

Submission Guidelines
1. All submissions are limited to pictures of different people (cultures) & places in Nigeria. Not more than 4 pictures may be submitted by any individual. Each participant will be required to pay a token of N1,000 for entering the contest. Fee will be used to cover cost of printing and displaying participants pictures during the conference.

2. Image data files created with digital still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras). Images that have been retouched “EXTENSIVELY” using software or by other means will not be accepted. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. (Scans of photographs taken by film cameras are not eligible.)

3. Participants will retain sole copyrights to pictures submitted. Participants also hereby grant NiPHEC permission to use submitted pictures to promote current and future editions of the contest and/or conference. In addition, top entries will be featured in a book to be published later in 2014 titled 100 places, 100 people: Celebrating Nigeria @ 100. Winning entries will be contacted for final permission & approval before pictures will be published in the said book.

4. Images must be taken by the individual making the submission and such individuals must own the copyright to the images. Participants with fake/double identities will be disqualified.

5. Participants DO NOT have to be citizens of Nigeria although pictures submitted must be of Nigerian heritage.

4. File size per JPEG format should not be more than 1500 x 2100 pixels or 2000kb

5. The standard color space for all images is sRGB.

6. Contest Judges and NiPHEC Executive Team are ineligible to participate.

7. Top 5 Winners will be chosen by the collective voting decisions of 3 reputable professional photographers. The viewing public will have the opportunity to vote for winners for 6th to 10th position. The first prize is a cash prize of N300,000, second prize is N200,000, third prize is N100,000, fourth prize is N60,000 & fifth prize is N30,000. Prizes for 6th – 10th place position will be announced later.

8. Submission deadline is March 7, 2014. All images will be available for the public’s viewing from April 1, 2014 by 9am. Voting will end April 15 by 11:59pm (Lagos time).

∙Winners may be requested to provide higher resolution images for publication or display purposes during the NiPHEC event.

How to Enter
After carefully reading all the guidelines,
1: Make a payment of N1,000 to our Guaranty Trust Bank account (elophotos studio ent 0007361345)
2: Send the teller number/details along with a maximum of 4 images to with the subject line reading “NiPHEC Photo Contest”. Kindly include your full name and contact phone numbers in case we need to reach you. Also include a short description/caption for each image submitted.

Questions or Suggestions? Email us at or call us on 08023008873, 08120129149 or 08184543364.

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere (1930-2014): In Memoriam


“With gratitude to God, we announce the passing away of our father, and an icon of photography, Pa J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere. He died in the afternoon of 2nd February after a brief illness. He was 83 years old. Burial announcements will be announced later”.
– Ehiz’ Ojeikere, for the family.

Known for his stunning documentation of hair styles and sculptures, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere was a Nigerian photographer who began his career in 1954 as a darkroom assistant at the Ministry of Information, Ibadan. He was born in 1930 and bought his first camera in 1950, a Brownie D.

A year after Nigeria gained independence, he began working at Television House Ibadan as a studio photographer under Steve Rhodes. He joined the Nigerian Arts Council in 1967, and 1968 saw the start of his documentation of Nigerian hairstyles, a project that would become his trademark. However, his first solo exhibition wasn’t till 1995, when his work showed in Nigeria and was also shown outside the country for the first time, as part of an exhibition in Switzerland.

Watching his interview for the ARS 11 exhibition (6:50-9:38), it’s almost impossible not to like the light in his eyes or the sound of his voice. It sounds like home and resilience- his work went unpublished for thirty years until a French curator chanced upon it during a visit to Nigeria. Pa J.D. Ojeikere’s images embody the preservation of an African (in this case, a Nigerian) aesthetic, recording features of society that were so specific to the time and place he found himself in. His work is our history, regal and rich. In an excerpt from the interview, he spoke simply and eloquently about what he did:

“You know, nature gives every human being a role to play in life. It happened to be that by nature, I am created to be a photographer. And being a photographer does not mean that I have to cover all aspects of photography. I am not a war photographer, I am a civil photographer. And I have an urge to document culture, not wars and civil strife.”

R.I.P to a legendary artist and pioneer. His work will continue to inspire generations of artists to come, and in that, he will always be immortal to us.




Culled from: YAGAZIE

Crop Factor Explained

One term that you’re certain to come across when
researching your next DSLR purchase is ‘Crop

This is a slightly complex topic and many long articles have been written explaining it – but to keep it simple let me attempt a short explanation.

While normal film cameras take 35mm film (it is a
standard for the industry) there is much variety
between manufacturers on image sensor sizes. The main reference point that people therefore use is the 35mm one which is considered ‘full frame’ size.

If you compare the size of the film in a normal SLR
(film is 35mm) to the image sensor in most DSLRs
you’ll find that the size of the DSLRs sensor is
generally smaller (unless you get what’s called a ‘full frame’ DSLR).

Until recently ‘full frame’ cameras were largely in the realm of professional DSLRs and all lower end
cameras had smaller sensors.

If you take a photo with a smaller sensor and the
same lens it will only show a smaller area of the

To illustrate this I’ve show how different cameras
with different image sizes will see an image.


Black – Full Frame
Red – 1.3x Crop Factor
Yellow – 1.5x Crop Factor
Green – 1.6x Crop Factor

When you enlarge images to the same size from
different sensors the ones with the smaller sensors will be enlarged more – making it seem bigger.

As a result – when you fit a lens to a camera with a
smaller sensor the lens is often said to have a larger equivalent lens size.

I’ve included a table below that shows the
equivalent lens sizes for different crop factors. The
column on th left is the lens focal length on a full
frame camera.


So what crop factor does your DSLR have? Here’s
some of the most popular ones.

1.3x – Canon EOS 1D/1D MkIIN
1.5x – Nikon D40/D50/D70/D70s/D80/D200/
D2XD2Hs Minolta 7D/Fuji S3 Pro Pentax *istDS/
1.6x – Canon EOS 300D/400D/20D/30D
2.0x – Olympus E-400/E-500/E-300/E-1

This post was submitted by DPS reader – Shane.

Culled from Digital Photography School


Course Title: “Are You A Learner” – A Notion Of Representation

Course Code: TNI.ACP014Q1JAN

Course Fee: N 5,000.00

Duration: 17 March– 28 March 2014
10.00am – 4.00pm (Monday – Friday)

Location: Goethe Institut, Lagos.

“Are You A Learner” is a well-known Lagos/Nigerian street slang that is suggestive of an impression on the sight – a performance, simulation or pretence. It connotes an act of representation or misrepresentation in some sort.
This indigenous slang brings to the fore the complicated and vast meaning of representation. But it is more or less a reference to the action or fact of exhibiting in some visible image or form; the fact of expressing or denoting by means of symbolic action or exhibition by a person or group in a public space. In a different context, the slang may refer to the exhibition of an unbecoming or questionable character and action upon a public stage (be it the social gatherings, bus/stop, street corners, office spaces, schools etc.). In its complexity and confusion it is both the objective and subjective value – judgement of ‘The Fake’ versus ‘The Real’ and how this holds over time, particular in a later recognition of the uniqueness of the erstwhile ‘Fake’.

The meaning is overtly ambiguous and the workshop will explore the elements of interpretation involved in representation. The workshop will look into representation in terms of who represents, who is being represented, the purpose, historical moments of representation, location and strategy and the tone of representation.

The workshop will allow for flexibility in the choice of medium in answering this question.

What to bring:

Participants need to bring digital cameras, laptops, memory sticks, hard drives etc. Previous works as well as work in progress. A recent portfolio will be handy. As part of the introduction to the workshop, each participant is expected to prepare a visual presentation of his/her work preferable with power point.


If you are interested in photography and you want to learn. While there will be technical support offered, participants should know how to use a camera, functions of the camera and computer imaging.

Maximum umber of participants:

The TNI.ACP will give positions to 15 (fifteen) participants for this workshop.


Uche Opka-Iroha
The Nlele Institute | African Centre for Photography (TNI.ACP)


Call for submission is open from 15 January – 19 February, 2014.


This call is open to passionate artists/photographers who live in Nigeria. There is no age limit.


All submissions must be written in English.

1.Submit a biography between 200 – 300 words.
2.A self portrait photograph of 300 dpi Jpeg resolution.
3.A detailed Curriculum Vitae accompanied by a letter of interest not more than 300 words.
4.Submit 10 – 15 screen resolution images (72 dpi) of A4 size (297mm X 210mm), Jpeg files. Photographs can be either colour or black & white.
5.Each image must have a caption. These images should form a body of work/oeuvre and tell a story. The oeuvre must be accompanied by a critical text between 250 – 300 words.

Submissions must be received in the TNI.ACP email box by mid night 19 February, 2014. Selected applicants will be notified electronically by email. Send your entries to: tniacp.submissions@

Culled from: TNI.ACP blog