Aboya’s ‘Songs of Freedom’ bagged the Hero Title and $25,000 at the 2019 Agora Awards

November 6th appeared to be a surreal moment for the self-taught Ghanaian photographer, Micheal Aboya, as he claimed the ‘Best Photo of the Year’s at the recently ended 2019 Agora Awards held in Fàbrica Estrella Damm, Barcelona. 

His submission for the Agora Images competition, which he called the ‘Songs of Freedom‘, captures children in a rural setting: a young boy playing the violin passionately while his friends surround him with their eyes shut and arms raised towards the sky. 

The competition was hosted by the free-to-use photography App, Agora and received over 130,000 submissions from a 193 countries. Out of which 50 finalist including Aboya were shortlisted for the award. 

Aboya’s photo, inspired by the legendary reggae musician’s, Bob Marley’s hit, ‘Redemption Song‘ stood out as a piece that represented Ghana’s and Africa’s winsome side. ‘Songs of Freedom‘ was shot in Labadi, Accra. And the characters in his photo were local kids from fishermen families. 

The Photo that got him awarded

For his win, he took home a Grand Prize of $25,000 and the Agora Award 2019 Hero title.

Congratulations to Micheal Aboya for authoring such an inspiring piece and for bagging the win. You deserved that worth!

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