Celebrated Nigerian comedian and OAP, Justice Nuagbe, better known as Ushbebe recently held a photography challenge for up and coming photographers tagged Tight Shot. Package by his Pride Rock outfit, the challenge, according to the artiste, was created to give the upcoming photographers and models the chance to explore their talent and produce creativity in the art of photography.
After two weeks of rigorous search and adjudication, the finals were held on December 17 in Gbagada as a mini concert.
Hosted by Osi of the Beat FM, the grand finale featured performances from Joel, Monica Ogah, Cdq, Mbryo of Rugged Records as well as Tee Blaq.
According to Ushbebe, the desire to search for a budding photographer stems from the need to contribute his quota into the growing of Nigerian entertainment industry.
“As I continue to expand in the industry, I discovered that I had quite a number of aspiring photographers around me. So I asked myself what I could do to help them and the industry grow. That was how I came up with this idea. This is the first edition and we are looking forward to having many more editions after this,” the comedian stated.
According to him, it doesn’t just end with the competition. He revealed that the entire process is being put into a TV series that will begin airing in the first quarter of next year.
For the winner of the competition, Aderiye Rachel, participating in it was worth the effort. “It felt really good winning the competition. It wasn’t that easy because I had to pay for a lot. I put my all into the shoot and I was just positive about winning because I did everything I could. It was really a nice experience because I was able to challenge myself and I am very happy that such competition is in Nigeria,” she said.
As winner, Rachel went home with a generator set, Laptop and a promise of two weeks national photography tour. She was also named official photographer for the media agency.
Judges for the competition were renowned photographer Hakeem Salaam and style expert Swanky Jerry.