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UoN riot image wins photography award

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A detained protester jumps from a police truck as she escapes after riot police released teargas to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration
A detained protester jumps from a police truck as she escapes after riot police released teargas to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration

Reuters photographer Thomas Mukoya was named Photographer of the Year by the Media Council of Kenya for ‘a leap to freedom’, an image of a female protestor breaking free after being detained during a demonstration.

Mukoya was also named 1st runner-up in the Overall Journalist of the Year category. In the Canon Kenyan Photography Awards, Mukoya was named News Photographer of the Year for his series shot at the University of Nairobi riots in May 2014, and Sports Photographer of the Year for his series from the 2014 Maasai Olympics.

Riot policemen use batons to beat up a rioting University of Nairobi student in Kenya's capital Nairobi May 20, 2014. Public university students started their protests, which are against the planned hiking of fees and lowering of maximum loan awarded to students by the HELB
Riot policemen use batons to beat up a rioting University of Nairobi student in Kenya’s capital Nairobi May 20, 2014. Public university students started their protests, which are against the planned hiking of fees and lowering of maximum loan awarded to students by the HELB
Thomas Mukoya
Thomas Mukoya

Born and based in Nairobi, Mukoya covers breaking news, sports and features for Reuters and has a special interest in humanitarian stories. He took a keen interest in photography from an early age – his earliest memory of photography is looking at newspaper pictures in 1984 from the drought ravaged Horn of Africa nation of Ethiopia – and specialised in photojournalism while studying journalism in Nairobi.

He would later go on to cover the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa in 2011, where he witnessed the resilience, suffering and death of people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya when the United Nations had declared the famine as the worst in 60 years.

Charles Sankale, a Maasai moran athlete, crosses the line to win the 800m race in the Maasai Olympics 2014 at the Sidai Oleng wildlife sanctuary at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro near the Kenya-Tanzania border in Kajiado
Charles Sankale, a Maasai moran athlete, crosses the line to win the 800m race in the Maasai Olympics 2014 at the Sidai Oleng wildlife sanctuary at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro near the Kenya-Tanzania border in Kajiado
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