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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

Terms & Conditions

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless FOTEA Foundation, Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) and each and all of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their submissions to the Uganda Press Photo Award, competition-related activities and/or the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. FOTEA and UPPA assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms. FOTEA/UPPA are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading, or downloading of any materials related to the UPPA.

By submitting the photographs to the Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) competition you agree and acknowledge the following terms and conditions. These terms and conditions of use constitute a legal agreement between you, UPPA and FOTEA. Please read the agreement before submitting your work for the UPPA. By submitting your work, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Submissions to the UPPA are accepted up until the deadline of August 8th 2022.

The UPPA winners and the finalists will be notified by email at their email of record. Winners will be announced at the exhibition opening, on the site and in media releases.

The UPPA competition is open to all photographers from 18 years of age who are citizens of Uganda. Members of UPPA, the judging panel and any family members cannot enter the contest.

The photographer retains the copyright to all material submitted to UPPA, or has permission to submit the material by the copyright owner.Photo submissions must be original photos created by the photographer, and must not contain any elements that are protected by someone else’s copyright or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights (except as expressly permitted below).

If the photograph contains any person, material or element that is subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the publication, exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these official rules without additional compensation. If any person, from whom a release is required, is under the age of consent in the state in which they reside, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

FOTEA/UPPA is not responsible for late, lost, incomplete or misdirected entries. Entries are void if UPPA determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, obtained through fraud or theft or in violation of any of the terms and conditions contained herein.

Participants also agree to be bound by these rules; that the decisions of the judges are final on all matters relating to the UPPA and finalists; and if s/he wins, that UPPA and her partners and sponsors may use the winning photographs and each winner’s name and photograph in any publicity, exhibitions or advertising relating to the FOTEA competitions or future promotions without compensation or approval.

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Organizers that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Competition, FOTEA/UPPA reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Competition. If the Organizers elect to cancel or terminate the Competition, the Organizers will not retain any rights to the submitted photographs.

All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. All prizes are non-transferable.

UPPA was conceived in 2012 with support from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) with the initial purpose of promoting and supporting photojournalism in Uganda. Over the years its function has expanded to encompass more of an educational role by providing photography trainings, portfolio reviews and a host of other activities geared towards fostering a new breed of visual storytellers in Uganda. This expansion necessitated the establishment of the FOTEA Foundation in 2016 as an umbrella organisation to support the growing capacity, with UPPA being the major of its satellite activities, along with the Young Photographers’ Award and the Emerging Photographer Mentorship Programme and, East African Photography Award. 
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