Light Oriye Tamunotonye is an Abuja-based Photographer and Filmmaker from Rivers State in Southern Nigeria. His work focuses on environmental advocacy and socioeconomic challenges faced by people in rural communities, both telling their stories and preserving cultures through microphones and lenses.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State. He’s a Foundry Photojournalism Alumni, member of Africa Photojournalism Database (APJD), a Joint Project by World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa, and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ). In 2020 He was selected to participate at the Visa pour I’image/Canon Students Development Programme.
Light started out as a film and videotape at editor at the headquarters of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), where he edited news for several reporters and was assigned the duty of editing programs such as Business News and Moments for Thoughts. He was a primary contributor of photography and videography for the special African Scramble edition of Sandwich Magazine and often shoots for California-based film production company Run It Up Productions. He has also produced documentary films such as The Food Advocate, The Kebbi Experience, The Bag mMn, Campaign for the Amendment of the UBE Act, Cold Heat, Soul Battle, and many others.