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Open Call: Uganda Press Photo Award 2022
Open Call

Uganda Press Photo Award 2022


Last year we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA), an award that recognises the best of photography and photojournalism within the country. We think that this eleventh year of the award marks a good moment to introduce a new format for the award, to engage with photographers and their audiences in a new and exciting way.

That’s why this year we’re inviting Uganda photographers to submit a body of work responding to the theme of NEW REALITIES. It is often said that change is the only constant, but in recent years the changes seem to be happening faster, and affecting more people. Digital culture is displacing traditional cultures, the pandemic upended lives and livelihoods, and climate change and the rising cost of living seem to change our very realities every day.

Through this theme, which will be awarded first, second and third prizes, we hope to encourage photographers to reflect on these and other current events more deeply and to unleash their creativity and perspective of the world. Images submitted may be in any style and on any topic, so long as they relate clearly to the theme and have been made in the last year, between August 2021 and the deadline.
Deadline: August 8, 2022

Status: Closed


August 8, 2022 (11:59 PM, EST)


Submissions are closed.

Brief & Application Procedure

  • The contest is restricted to citizens of Uganda 18 years of age or older.
  • All entries must have been taken between August 1st 2020 and August 1st 2022, and must be submitted by August 1st 2022. This will be confirmed via EXIF data.
  • Each entrant can submit up to 2 bodies of work. For each work a minimum of 10, and a maximum of 20 photographs should be submitted.
  • Entry is free.
  • The jury will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Prizes will be awarded for each place .
  • The jury reserves the right not to award any or all prizes. All decisions by the jury will be final .
  • By entering the competition the photographer confirms that they are the original author of the image(s) and that they own the rights to all the images they enter into this competition, or if they are an employee of a media organization they have all necessary permissions from their organization .
  • Winning entries, with explicit permission from the photographer, can be part of our annual exhibition.
  • Employees of FOTEA/UPPA, Visura, the judging panel and any family members cannot enter the contest.
  • Employees of Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES), FOTEA/UPPA and the judging panel will not enter into dialogue with entrants.
  • With the submission the photographer agrees to the Terms and Conditions.

  • Only photographs in digital form will be accepted. There should be no watermarks, identifying marks or names of authors written on the photographs.
  • Each photograph has to be saved as highest quality jpg, at 300 dpi, minimum 3000 pixels on the longer side.
  • Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will not be accepted. Only minimal adjustments are allowed. The organizers reserve the right to ask for unedited images.
  • All photographs should include a caption (short description of who, what, where, when, why. Not more than 50 words per photograph. Include when and where the photograph was first published.) in the EXIF data/metadata.
  • Remember the theme for this year's Uganda Press Photo Award is 'NEW REALITIES' so any images submitted should be in response to that theme.