The Gambia Association of Professional Photographers (GAPP) Thursday held its first photo exhibition and competition at the Alliance Franco Gambia on the theme 'people at work'.
Speaking at the event, Didier Matin, the director of Alliance Franco Gambia, said that this is the first time that Alliance Franco is organising a photo exhibition and competition in partnership with the Gambia Professional Photographers Association.
He disclosed that they also organise similar events in other countries that they are operating. He added that they will do the same thing in The Gambia and it will be an annual event. Matin further disclosed that the winning photo from each of these countries will be sent to Paris to be part of the International Photo Exhibition and Competition.
"We thought that before giving this chance to a photographer, we [have to] to stage this competition for local photographers to compete within themselves and whoever becomes the winner will represent The Gambia in the International Photo Exhibition and Competition," Matin explained.
He further stated that they presented the work of four photographers before a panel of judges to decide who will emerge the winner.
For his part, Dawda Bayo, the president of the GAPP, gave a brief history of the Association, saying it was registered in 1988. He added that they presently have more than 1000 professional photographers registered with the Association.
He thanked the Alliance Franco Gambia for openingtheir doors to the Association and partnering with them to organise this event. He also thanked Trust Bank and Gamcel for supporting the Association.