Announcing the results of the African edition of the 6x6 Global Talent Program

The World Press Photo Foundation is proud to announce the six selected talents from Africa in the fourth edition of the 6x6 Global Talent Program.

The 6x6 Program connects six under-recognized visual storytellers, from one of six regions at a time, to a global audience. As one of the foundation’s ‘Develop’ programs, 6x6 encourages diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives.

In a rolling process of nomination and selection, World Press Photo is now calling for nominations for the next edition, in North and Central America. The 6x6 Program welcomes applications, from around the world, to become a global nominator.

Nominations for visual storytellers from the global region of Africa were made by our growing community of over 100 global nominators. The following six talented photographers from Africa are:

  • Gulshan Khan, South Africa
  • Heba Khamis, Egypt
  • Manyatsa Monyamane, South Africa
  • Rahima Gambo, Nigeria
  • Sarah Waiswa, Uganda
  • Zied Ben Romdhane, Tunisia

With Lars Boering, Managing Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, as chair, the online selection committee comprised:

  • Lekgetho Makola, Head of Market Photo Workshop (South Africa)
  • Marie-Ann Yemsi, art consultant and curator (Cameroon/German)
  • Jeanne Mercier, art consultant, critic and curator (France)
  • Ferhat Bouda, photographer (Algeria)

As part of the opportunities for the selected talents, the 6x6 Global Talent Program will be featured alongside the World Press Photo 2018 Exhibition in Kuching, Malaysia from 29 September - 27 October. This exhibition focuses on stories by the six Southeast Asia and Oceania talents, with a feature on the six talents selected from Africa. This follows the first exhibition of the 6x6 Program at LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism in Germany, earlier this year.

On nominating Gulshan Khan, Neo Ntsoma (South Africa), photojournalism trainer & photographer at Neo Ntsoma Productions, said:

“Her interest in identity, transition and belonging within a post-colonial South Africa continues to direct her visual representations of the human condition and the world around her. It is her sensitivity, and the respect that she has for people that I feel comes through in her work, and is eventually the underlying strength of her photography. Gulshan is a believer that political and socio-economic awareness helps direct powerful visuals.

On nominating Heba Khamis, Søren Pagter (Denmark), photojournalism department head The Danish School of Media and Journalism said:

“Heba Khamis' projects show that she's able to work with very intimate and difficult topics in a compassionate and ethically correct way. Her project ‘Banned Beauty’ about breast ironing in Cameroon is visually strong and challenging. Her project ‘Undocumented’, about sex work in Germany, shows her respect for the people whom she photographs.”

On nominating Manyatsa Monyamane, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (USA), photographer, said:

“Manyatsa is a technically solid photographer with expert lighting and composition techniques. She uses these skills to articulate nuanced stories on body positivity and the often overlooked communities of the elderly in South Africa. Her approach is ethical and respectful.”

On nominating Rahima Gambo, Søren Pagter (Denmark), photojournalism department head The Danish School of Media and Journalism said:

“Rahima Gambo's project ‘Education is Forbidden’ is an important issue told in a visually interesting way with the use of mixed media. The straight forward reportage pictures tell us about daily life … whereas the drawings and the creative portraits give a depth to the story.”

On nominating Sarah Waiswa, Erika Larsen (USA), photographer said:

“I am nominating Sarah first and foremost because there is a genuine sense of humanness in her approach to creating. It expresses inquisitiveness, beauty, adoration, concern, mindfulness and pride. I would like to see more of her eye on Africa and the world.”

On nominating Zied Ben Romdhane, Rebecca Simons (Finland), independent curator, editor and educator said:

“Zied is a documentary photographer who is using aesthetics in a tasteful way to invite the audience to his stories. His work is not pushing facts but instead he uses careful compositions that leaves room for the viewer to reflect on the images and their content.”

In addition to the exhibition, the work of the six talents will also be published and shared on the World Press Photo Foundation’s platforms, including an individual feature on Witness, our online magazine, for each of the talents.

See the results of the European and South American editions announced earlier this year, as well as the inaugural edition in Southeast Asia and Oceania announced in November 2017.

6x6 Global Talent Program: Call for Nominators

The World Press Photo Foundation is actively seeking suggestions or applications for nominators. To apply to be a global nominator, and for all questions about the program, please contact


Header Image, from left to right, top to bottom: Gulshan Khan (© Zubair Sader); Heba Khamis (© Ahmed Gaber); Manyatsa Monyamane (© Ofentse Tlholoe); Zied Ben Romdhane (© Aymen Omrani); Sarah Waiswa (© Osborne Macharia); and Rahima Gambo (© Francis Kokoroko).