Forbes Africa journalist, Jay Caboz, walked away with the coveted Standard Bank Sivukile Awards for Young Journalist of the Year.
The photo essay that sealed the win for Caboz is the Dusi River story about a canoe club in Soweto that have dreams of winning one of the biggest canoe races in Africa.
“They were gliding in sewage and risking the wrath of gun-wielding fishermen to pursue an exclusive sport and smash stereotypes.”
Caboz said he entered this competition as a way of looking at his work with a critical eye and assessing himself for the year. He finds his motivation in the potential that Africa holds and his determination to tell “a good story that is full of colour”.
“It’s about good journalism, it’s about digging in and it’s about being ruthless and finding who it is you need to talk to,” said Caboz.
Caboz said he won because of a strong portfolio and constantly being out there in the field.