Amazing Africa: Confidence and joy

ONE members sent us their best photos from Africa last week. This week’s photos come from Malawi, Swaziland and Ghana. Winston Boney, a photojournalism student at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s photos pop with intense color and energy. Kristi Mathis, a Peace Corps volunteer from Michigan, took all her photos with her iPhone. And Kristin Hayes and Kati Bailey Holland teamed up to take these gorgeous photos of Swaziland during their time living in the country.

What ties these photos together is the incredible sense of confidence and joy that each picture captures. Enjoy!

Note: These children were photographed with the consent of their parents

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This picture was taken in Malawi, on the outskirts of Blantyre. The smiling children were gathered together for an event in the community. Photo Credit: Shipra Bose.

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I love the unqiue perspective of the children looking up at the camera. Kristi captured this great moment with her phone! Malawi. Photo Credit: Kristi Mathis.

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Their reactions in front of the camera are pricesless! Malawi. Photo Credit: Kristi Mathis.

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These kids are hard at work rehearsing with their band! Malawi. Photo Credit: Kristi Mathis.

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This woman is stunning! These women in Malawi are learning how to make reusable sanitary pads. Photo Credit: Kristi Mathis.

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These ballons are such a fun pop of color in this whimsical photo of kids playing in Nsoko, Swaziland. Photo Credit: Kati Bailey Holland and Kristin Hayes.

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Auntie B is the main caretaker for all the children in the compound in Kumasi, Ghana. What an infectious smile! Photo Credit: Winston Boney.

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The photographer, Winston, summed up this photo beautifully: “I find the colors in this photograph to perfectly describe the beauty of Africa. Africa is a beautiful and colorful place full of emotion and excitement.” Atonsu Agogo, Kumasi, Ghana. Photo Credit: Winston Boney.

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The muted blues in this picture are lovely. Winston and Emmanuel exchanged letters for 8 years before meeting for the first time 2 years in Ghana. Emmanuel is from Old Ningo, Ghana. Photo Credit: Winston Boney.

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Winston: “Owura may look tough in this photo, but he is the biggest sweet heart in the world. He didn’t want to smile for the photo, don’t let this serious face trick you. He is a ball of energy and always wants to play games.” Atonsu Agogo, Kumasi, Ghana. Photo Credit: Winston Boney.

If you are a photographer and would like ONE to feature your photos, email mgharib@one.org with the subject line “Amazing Africa.” Next week, we will highlight photos of the African landscape. Send us your favorites — we would love to share them!

Which photo did you like the most? Tell us in a comment below.