See how we’re fostering creativity, developing skills, and supporting the livelihoods of young people across Africa through the power of visual imaging.
See how we’re giving young people the skills, tools and platforms they need to shine a light on the global issues affecting their futures.
From Kenya to Nigeria, Uganda to South Africa, we're helping a new generation of creatives across Africa maximise their talents and bring their own unique stories to life.
Through the Miraisha Programme, we run collaborative workshops and training courses to give these young people the skills they need to go on and explore careers in professional photography, film making, videography and professional print.
Scroll down to discover some of the amazing people, stories and achievements that have come out of this ever-expanding programme.
A lot goes on behind the scenes on a film shoot. Scroll down to reveal some of the roles and people that come together to make visual storytelling possible.
A production sound mixer, location sound recordist, location sound engineer, or simply sound mixer, is the member of a film or television crew responsible for recording all sound on set.
Are responsible for the movement and set up of various pieces of lighting equipment for separation of light and shadow or contrast, depth of field or visual effects.
Sometimes shortened to DP or DOP, is the person responsible for the photographing or recording of a film, television production, music video or other live action piece. They would normally also be responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image, and for selecting the camera, film stock, lenses, filters, etc.
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Since 2014, the Canon Miraisha Programme has trained and impacted over 5950 young people across Africa.
Nollywood, the name for Nigeria’s film industry, which is also the second largest film industry in the world, generates $600,000,000 in revenue each year and employs over 1,000,000 people.
The number of national and international awards that have been won by various Miraisha Programme graduates.
The number of participants from the Miraisha Programme, so far, who have gone on to start their own business in the visual imaging industry.
Working towards a certificate in Film Technology, participants in the Miraisha Programme will study 10 different subjects, including video camera operations, screenwriting, editing, photography and more.
Over the past seven years, the Miraisha Programme has gained 11 partners across the region supporting the programme and aiding in its growth.
Explore some of the talented people, moving subjects and vibrant scenes captured during the first seven years of the Miraisha Programme.
Our street photography workshops give participants access to both theoretical and practical training in street photography, which develop and enhance their skills and ethical approach to capturing everyday life. The participants faced a live shoot challenge, taking to the streets of their home city to capture positive street-life imagery while implementing the skills and techniques they'd learnt. © Tobi Kujore, Lagos, Nigeria
From a series called Streets, this photo shows the busy, fast-paced 'disorganised in an organised way' life on Kampala’s streets - and how well the people of Kampala manoeuvre through the apparent chaos. © Marshall Owach, Kampala, Uganda
When a team collectively owns the story, the passion shines through in the finished piece. Each of the young women responsible for Zawadi, the story of a young woman growing up in Nairobi, selected an area to specialise in and took lead roles in scripting, casting, wardrobe, filming, sound, lighting and post-production. This image taken from behind the scenes on the set of Zawadi.
Professional Miraisha Programme mentors work with and support young creatives in bringing their important experiences and stories to life. This image taken from behind the scenes on the set of Zawadi.
This image, from Daniel Irungu's Matatu Culture series, focuses on the Matatu buses known as ‘Moving Discos’. These vibrant buses use loud music, colourful graphic designs and bright lights to attract customers. Daniel now works as a full-time staff photographer for the European Press Agency (EPA). © Daniel Irungu, Matatu, Kenya
2017 marked 50 years of existence for Lagos State. Today, Lagos' population is around 19 million and still growing fast. Seen as 'the land of opportunities', Lagos inspires people in neighbouring states to leave their families in search of a better life. But what kind of impact does this have on Lagos and its transport system? This is what Sochima Duru investigated in her project called Come and Go. Photo credit: Sochima Duru in Lagos, Nigeria.
The National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, was founded in 1980 as a multi-purpose venue where youths could engage in sports like table tennis, sprinting, football, basketball, volleyball, boxing, wrestling, dancing, weightlifting, skateboarding and more. © Ayodele Efunla, Lagos, Nigeria
'Seed Seller' taken by Ouebube Okafor Onye na-ere mkpuru, Lagos, Nigeria.