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Mabati Rolling Mills Workshop: Using Art to Address Environmental Challenges

Oct 5, 2023
Tatiana Karanja (Mama Olive K), Judge, Safal Eye In the Wild photography competition with students from TEC Academy Thika at the photography Masterclass held at Nairobi Safari Walk set to empower the future generation on storytelling through art. The pupils who ranged from Grade 1 to Grade 4 used Samsung's S23 Ultra facilitated by Samsung Electronics East Africa to practice during the workshop.
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 Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM), a leading manufacturer of Building Solutions and a member of the Safal Group® through their recently launched environmental photography competition “Safal Eye in the Wild” in collaboration with Tatiana Karanja coordinated a workshop for students at the KWS Nairobi Safari Walk. The workshop was set to inspire the youth and photographers to use their voices through art to tell their stories.

The facilitator, Tatiana Karanja is a judge in this year’s Safal Eye in the Competition that was launched in 30th July 2023 with a theme of Drought. To combat this crisis, the workshop was organized not only to educate the pupils about the art and technique of photography but also to encourage them to focus their lenses on solutions to environmental conservation. Renowned photographers and environmentalists led the workshop, providing expert guidance on photography techniques, storytelling, and editing.

The heart of the workshop is the Safal Eye in the Wild competition. Participants this year are challenged to capture images that showcase innovative solutions to combat drought, such as water conservation practices, sustainable agriculture, and community initiatives. The competition not only encourages creativity but also drives awareness about practical approaches to drought mitigation.

The competition will recognize the winners with generous cash prizes. The Gold award winner will receive USD 3,000, the Silver award winner USD 2,000, and the Bronze award winner USD 1,000. Additionally, other cash prizes and gifts will be awarded to outstanding entries.

Tatiana Karanja, one of the judges for the Safal Eye in the Wild 2023 competition and key trainer of the workshop stated that, “Photography has the power to communicate different issues affecting our communities.  Through this workshop, we aim to cultivate a culture where the future generation of photographers can confidently use their art in voicing issues and solutions affecting them.”

Present at the event, Angela Masha, Mabati Rolling Mills’s Communications and CSR Officer stated “ I’m thrilled to be a part of this workshop, where we can harness the potential of photography to combat today’s and the future’s environmental conservation through art.

The event took place at the KWS, Nairobi Safari Walk with Samsung Electronics East Africa supporting the workshop by offering their S23 Ultra devices to support the learning session for the pupils.

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