They are young. They are skilled. They are fed up with the dark narrative international media keep reporting on their region. Generation Elili, which means the generation of the image in Lingala language, is a photographer collective born a few years ago in Brazzaville with the desire to see Congolese taking part in the building of their history. From urban jungles to deep forests, from disused shipyards to decaying railways they tell new stories and prove that creative photography is possible anywhere.

Photograph: Baudouin Mouanda