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East African Photography Award

The annual East African Photography Award (EAPA) is open to citizens from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Each year entrants are invited to share multi-image stories on any topic that they find interesting, and the judges look not only at the individual images but also at the overall story's quality and relevance. The Award was created to shine a spotlight on documentary photography that focuses on people and cultures from the perspective of East African citizens. Through this we hope to promote and encourage the documentation of the fast-changing realities around us, and the cultural, socio-political, environmental and technological issues that affect individuals and societies and the way we live.

Accepting submissions: June 16 to August 1, 2020


Yasuyoshi Chiba
Chief Photographer for East Africa and Indian Ocean
Agence France-Presse’s (AFP)

Yasuyoshi Chiba is AFP Chief Photographer currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.  He started working as a staff photographer for Japan’s national newspaper Asahi Shimbun. In 2007, he moved to Kenya as a freelancer and joined AFP as a staff... read on

Uche Okpa-Iroha
Multidisciplinary Artist + Photographer
The Nlele Institute is a Pan-African, autonomous and non-profit visual art organization

Uche Okpa-Iroha (born in Enugu in 1972) is a Nigerian multidisciplinary artist who mainly adopts photography as his preferred medium of artistic expression. He is a founding member of the Blackbox Collective and Invisible Borders Trans-African... read on

Georgina Goodwin
Documentary photographer
Canon Ambassador + Women Photograph

BIO Georgina Goodwin is a documentary photographer and Canon Ambassador born and based in Kenya. Her work focuses on women, refugees, social issues and environment, and she works regularly with Agence France-Presse and UN Refugee Agency. Georgina... read on

Frédéric Noy
Documentary photographer

Frédéric Noy is a French photographer whose documentary approach favours the chronicle as a narrative mode. His work, mainly focused on Africa, describes a continent under construction, whose history, beliefs and traditions are... read on

Cynthia Matonhodze
Documentary photographer

I am independent documentary photographer, sometimes photojournalist and videographer currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The focus of my work, since I began photographing in 2012, is human rights and social issues mostly in my native country,... read on

Lekgetho Makola
Market Photo Workshop

Lekgetho James Makola is the head of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. He has been on the judging panels for several international photography and arts Awards in the past 4 years, including being the 2020 World Press Photo Awards Chairperson... read on

Carielle Doe
News producer & Photojournalist

Carielle Doe is a freelance shooter/producer who has a deep love for journalism. With a focus on human interest stories, she has worked on projects all over the world. Carielle worked as field producer in Liberia for ABC News throughout the Ebola... read on

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

Benjamin Fuglister
Artist and Cultural Entrepreneur
CAP Prize

Benjamin is the artistic director of  CAP Prize , the International Contemporary African Photography Prize. Awarded annually since 2012. Benjamin Füglister is an artist and cultural entrepreneur born in Switzerland in 1978. He has lived... read on

Paul Botes
Picture Editor for The Mail & Guardian

Paul Botes is the picture editor of the Mail & Guardian in South Africa and has won numerous awards for his work. His work focuses primarily on issues of social justice and inequality. Paul has taught photography at The Market Photo Workshop... read on

Mallory Benedict
Photo Editor
History desk for National Geographic & Managing Director at Women Photograph

Mallory Benedict is a photo editor on the History desk for National Geographic, commissioning original photography across print, digital, and mobile platforms. Benedict graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism where... read on

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

Anna Kućma
Independent Curator + Director & Founder
Uganda Press Photo Awards / UPPA

Anna Kućma is the director of the Uganda Press Photo Award, a photography platform and annual competition for East Africa. She also works as an independent curator. Born in Krakow, Poland, she holds master degrees in Cultural Policy and... read on