Charles Mphahlele bags R60 000 at the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards!

The brain behind the artistic photographic work titled “Legacy series – Ukholo lwami Charles Mphahlele has won R60 000 and award in the Ekurhuleni Prize category at the Thami Mnyele Awards held on Saturday, September 29. The ecstatic Mphahlele could not contain his excitement upon the announcement of his name as the winner.

A resident of Roodekop in Germiston, Mphahlele is currently studying advanced photography at the Market Photo Workshop and has completed both the foundation and intermediate photography courses at the Market Photo Workshop. He enjoys exploring intriguing street and studio photography approach.


Mlamli Zulu of Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal won the overall first prize category with his work titled “Lost and Found Dead” in the Mixed Media Installation.

Speaking after receiving the award, Mphahlele said, “Ukholo Lwam, is part of a series of work I have been developing. It was inspired by the colours of my landscape, particularly a striking image of one specific Sunday. Being aware of one’s spirituality and where one comes from has also been the foundation of creating this work.

The artpiece’s dialogue is necessary to navigate myself in my everyday life and this goes beyond touching me alone, but it also touches my community as a whole,” said Mphahlele.

Many other artists from across the country walked away with mouth-watering prizes as a token of appreciation for their amazing works of art.

Much deliberation went into the process of selecting the cream of the crop, with a total of 446 entries received, 94 artists were selected for the exhibition and the prize winners were selected from the top 15.


Name of artist

Title of work




Mlamli Zulu “Lost and Found Dead” Mixed Media Installation First Prize Ulundi, KZN
Charles Mphahlele “Legacy series-Ukholo Lwami” Photography Ekurhuleni Prize Roodekop, Germiston, Gauteng
Candice Kramer “Reflection” Oil paint on cooper Multi & New Media Merit Award Johannesburg
Patrick Rulore “The Shoe Repairer” Oil on canvas Painting merit award Hammankraal
Helen Lotters “An infinity of thought” Etching Art on paper merit award Pretoria
Pienaar Alexa “Roer Melk Emmers/Stir Milk Buckets” Leather, wood and rope Sculpture merit award Johannesburg
Philani Mhlungu “Wonder –Remember Marikana 34” Sculpture Honourable Mention Award Soweto








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