Thomas Mukoya

Thomas Mukoya

Based
Nairobi, Kenya
Born
Nairobi, Kenya
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that patience pays in photojournalism.”

Beat

I cover breaking news, sports and features with a special interest in humanitarian stories.

One Shot

. ATHI RIVER, Kenya. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
A worker tries to lift up a weak cow from among the carcasses of drought-stricken cows in a paddock at the Kenya Meat Commission factory near Athi River, 50km east of the capital Nairobi.
“This story was very important to me because livestock died while people were starving in the area from where the cows were transported. The whole area was secured soon after I shot that picture.”

Profile

My earliest memory of photography is looking at pictures in the newspapers in 1984, when drought ravaged the Horn of African nation of Ethiopia.

I took a keen interest in photography from an early age and specialised in photojournalism while studying journalism in Nairobi.

The assignment which left the biggest mark on me is covering the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa in 2011. I witnessed the resilience, suffering and death of people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya where the United Nations had declared the famine as the worst in 60 years.

The audience I have in mind when taking pictures is the average family reading the newspaper or a magazine or looking at a website at the dinner table.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that patience pays in photojournalism, and the more I research the better story ideas I get.

The people I respect the most are my parents, who continue to inspire the value of life in me. They have taught me to appreciate new surroundings and how to easily adapt to new challenges in life.

I’m grateful that I can use photography to change the global perception of different cultures, social status and economic values. I salute my camera as an agent of positive change for the next generation.

Behind the Scenes

. Rift Valley, Kenya. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Thomas Mukoya poses for a photograph at the drying up Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley.
. Nelspruit, South Africa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Thomas Mukoya covers the Serbia vs Australia soccer match during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.