The Gambia Association of Professional Photographers (GAPP) over the weekend elected new executive to run the affairs of the association for two years. The initiative was organised by the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in a bid to resolve the disputes among photographers.
Speaking at the congress, Shiekh Omar Jallow, the director of Arts and Culture at NCAC, revealed that his institution has already organised a similar initiative, for the film producers, musicians and music promoters among others to prepare them for the implementation of copy right protection and economic benefit to the holders. According to him, the congress brought together the two factions of the photographers and therefore it is an opportunity for them to elect a president and the rest of the executive that will serve their interest and put a stop to rivalry among their members.
The incoming president, Dawda Bayo, expressed gratitude to the members and the general public for electing him as the new president of the association and assured them that he will do his best to meet their expectations. He urged the members to work together for the benefit of the association and the general public. Bayo said that his main priority is to have a secretariat where photographers can discuss issues affecting their work as well as setting up photo library.