Phandulwazi “Phando” Jikelo
Phandulwazi “Phando” Jikelo, an African News Agency (ANA) photojournalist, has won the Top News category in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest.
Phando’s winning entry the Grabouw Housing Protest was one of five thousand photos from 76 countries. The award is organised by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency in conjunction with UNESCO.
Independent Media Executive Chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé congratulated Phando congratulated Phando and gave high comment on him that “I commend him for being a fearless photojournalist. He has the eye and the fearless heart of a photojournalist.”
Phandulwazi “Phando” Jikelo, 33, said he had not expected to win the category. He said the award was confirmation that excellence comes with passion and hard work. He admitted that this award was an acknowledgement of his excellent work.
“It has come at the right time of my career and life. I never thought that I would win an international competition. I was just doing my work, like I would on any other day, like the rest of the photographers were doing theirs. I'm just glad that my work is recognised internationally and the fact that our African stories are told by Africans.I will always push myself to achieve more,” he said.
A land invasion and a shortage of housing resulted in violent protests when residents of Grabouw, near Cape Town, burnt down the Traffic Department and blocked a main road during fighting with the police. The man in this image is swinging a burning tire, trying to prevent the police from approaching.
Phando now works for Independent Media’s sister company, African News Agency (ANA).
ANA pictures CEO, Amit Makan said, "A big congratulations to Phando in this global achievement and recognition. This award is not only a victory for Phando, but also for photojournalism and visual storytelling on the African continent. It demonstrates his, and ANA Pictures, commitment to changing the African narrative visually."