Joy News’ photojournalist David Andoh has been adjudged the Environmental Newsmaker of the Year at the Ghana Environmental Excellence Awards held in Accra on Saturday.
The award to Mr Andoh, who is also a two-time winner of the Ghana Journalist Association’s photojournalist of the year, is in recognition of his journalistic contributions to the development of the environment.
He won the award with his photo story ‘Ghana Beyond Filth’ which sought to increase awareness on sanitation in Ghana.
The photo story captured the filthy conditions around the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra
A citation presented to him read “In recognition for your extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to the country and humanity at large.”
Mr Andoh says he is honoured by the award and is motivated to do more.
“The environment has been my key focus area for the past 15 years, so I am very grateful that the people have seen what I am doing,” he added.
He dedicated the award to his colleagues at Myjoyonline.com.
David Andoh ( left) receives his award from Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Director of Renewable and Nuclear Energy of the Ministry of Energy
The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo and her predecessor Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong were also honoured for their outstanding environmental leadership achievements.
The award also recognized the roles Members of Parliament, Municipal and District Chief Executives have played in their various communities.
Organizers of the award believe creating a sustainable future for the nation requires a collective effort and bold environmental leadership.
The recognition, for them, is a form of accountability adding that the awardees have capitalized on their unique capabilities to drive environmental progress where politics could not.