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Grandma's Prayer

2010 International Photography Exhibition
“Grandma's Prayer”
Location: Kusa beach, Lake Victoria, Kenya
Photographer: Philip Otienoburu
Home Country: Kenya
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "'I come to the shores to await your return. That through the perils of the night, of Scylla and Charybdis, your soul is fine. That the gods of the lake are kind to you, in your earthly vessel a bounty of food.' Each morning at 6 a.m. mothers, grandmothers and traders convene at the shores of Lake Victoria, Kusa beach in Kenya to say a prayer for their sons, husbands and business partners - fishermen who fish at night, braving the elements, Hippos and unforeseen dangers to provide for their families. They pray for their safe return, and for a rich harvest of fish. The photograph depicts a grandmother, in prayer for her grandson's safe return."

Grandma's Prayer