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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


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Edward Echwalu
Freelance Photojournalist
CNN African PhotoJournalist of the Year 2012 (1st Runner Up) | Uganda | Africa |

Edward is a documentary photographer and photojournalist with a wealth of experience spanning a decade, having worked across the African continent. As a photojournalist, a writer and blogger, he has covered major and historical events around... read on
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Sarah Waiswa

I am a Ugandan born Kenya based documentary and portrait photographer with an interest in exploring identity on the African continent, particularly the New African Identity. After getting both my sociology and psychology degrees and working in a... read on
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Martha Kazungu

Martha Kazungu is a writer and curator from Uganda. Based in Germany, Martha has served as curator for numerous exhibitions, mostly recently My Mother is Forgetting my Face in  Norway. She was co-curator with Katrin Peters-Klaphake of Life... read on
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MaiWa Cynthia Sitei
Documentary Photographer & Curator

Originally from Kenya, stories played a big impact in MaiWa's upbringing; they were a form of entertainment during and after dinner and a reliable method of communication in bringing people together and creating spaces where everyone was... read on
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Niamh Treacy
Curator & Artist
FORMAT International Photography Festival,

Coordinator of FORMAT International Photography Festival, Curator & Artist. Currently based in Derby, East Mids.
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Stella Nantongo
Programme Coordinator
Uganda Press Photo Awards / UPPA

Stella Nantongo is the Programme Coordinator at the Uganda Press Photo Award . A photography enthusiast with a mostly forgotten degree in IT, Stella is passionate about ways in which photographic education sparks creativity. When she’s not... read on