Young female Photojournalist wins prestigious International Award

Cameroonian female photojournalist, Moma Sandrine has bagged home an award from the Victoria International Media Merit Award, VIIMMA that held in Limbe on August 12.

The 27 year old emerged winner for the media category; Female Photojournalist of the year. This result was gotten after an online voting done by members of the public and proper examination of her works by a jury comprising of journalism heavyweights.

Sandrine earned her bachelor of science degree in journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea. She explained that the passion for photography was born in that department. “When I was first introduced to Photojournalism in school, I found the course interesting especially given to the fact that it was considered a thing for men. I did not like the gender discrimination of roles so I challenged myself to do it even better”.

She furthered that practicing photography is challenging especially as a woman. “It has not been easy since the start of this journey from racticing amidst hormonal changes during pregnancy to facing gender discrimination. Sometimes people doubt your output based on your gender. In most cases, it is the results that speak for you. There have been events where the male folk will say give me your camera let me take the images for you, undermining your capabilities. However, I’ve learnt to look beyond all these and pursue my dream”.

Feeling motivated after winning the award, Sandrine Moma says she has been tasked to do more. “This award is a challenge for me to work harder. I am working towards topping my game in photography and journalism with the hope that one day I will venture into wildlife Photojournalism should I get the chance”.

The young journalist equally stated that she is open to receive upcoming female photojournalists and share the knowledge she has acquired. “God blesses us so we can be blessings to others. Am open to whoever wants to learn the little I know, with zero fee.”

She expressed appreciation for those who supported her in achieving this award. “I want to thank everyone who believed in me. My big brother Ndasi Elvis gave me the first push when he bought me my first digital Camera to use during practicals in school. Indeed his investment did not go in vain. My appreciation equally goes to all those who voted for me, to family, friends and colleagues who have always stood by me. My gratitude equally goes to the entire family of Journalism and Mass Communication in the University of Buea, for moulding me”. She said.

The 27 year old had started practicing in the field of journalism in 2012, shortly after her ordinary levels certificate. She started working with Rush FM Bali, then Radio Hot Cocoa, The Sun Newspaper, Hi TV, African News TV, The Herald Tribune Newspaper, amongst other media organs. She has equally served as Communication officer for some non governmental organisations in Cameroon. As at the time of this article, Sandrine Moma is currently working with the Ministry of Communication.

Source: Cameroon News Agency