"The girl's photos were featured in Vogue, that was a big deal for all of us"

Sony World Photography Awards 2023
(Image credit: © Lee-Ann Olwage, South Africa, 1st Place, Professional competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2023)

South African visual storyteller Lee-Ann Olwage was crowned the winner of the professional creative category at the Sony World Photo Awards 2023 for her series, The Right to Play. In this project, she explores the life-changing power education has on the future of young girls when given an opportunity to learn and dream. 

Working with Kekanya's Dream, a non-profit organization set up by educator and activist Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya. Olwange set out to capture what can happen when the traditional roles of women as wives and mothers, many of whom would undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) are set aside to continue education beyond primary school.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.