Uganda Press Photo Award

A non-profit educational platform and annual competition organised by FOTEA to showcase and nurture photographic talent
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Biography: We promote the best of today’s photojournalism and documentary photography in Uganda and East Africa. We exist to support visual literacy and to encourage a new generation of photographers by focusing on photographic education through our... read on
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The 2020 Uganda Press Photo Award Competitions Are Now Open for Submissions
uganda press photo award
Jun 28, 2020

The Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) invites all Ugandan photojournalists and photographers to participate in the ninth annual photo contest and to submit their best work to be in with a chance to win a CANON EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR which will come with an EF 24-70 mm as well as  the opportunity to showcase their work in our annual exhibition which features some of the best visual storytellers Uganda has to offer. Participants can submit their images (published or unpublished) to six varied categories: News, Daily Life, Environment, People, Sports & Urban.

The East African Photography Award (EAPA) also returns for its third edition. This award is open to citizens of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda who are invited to share their photo essays documenting and sharing the different realities from their different corners of the region. From cultural, socio-political, environmental or technological issues affecting individuals or societies and the way we live to more personal, long term stories, we hope to see visual storytelling that is challenging perspectives and opinions. The stories submitted should have images working in tandem to create a clear narrative of whichever topic the photographer wishes to focus on. The winner of the EAPA will take home a Canon EOS RP with a 24-105 mm lens and a lens adapter.

The winning images of the UPPA and EAPA will be part of our annual photography exhibition. This is set to take place in October.

The UPPA and EAPA will be judged by an international jury composed of photography professionals including: Yasuyoshi Chiba (KE/JP), Carielle Doe (LR), Georgina Goodwin (KE), Frédéric Noy (FR), Cynthia Matonhdze (ZIM), Lekgetho Makola (SA), Benjamin Füglister (CH/DE), Sarah Waiswa (UG/KE), Mallory Benedict (US), Uche Okpa-Iroha (NG) and Paul Boates (SA)

Deadline for submission to both the Uganda Press Photo Award and the East African Photography Award is 1st August 2020.

Emerging photographers between the ages of 21 and 28 with an interest in documentary photography are invited to participate in the Young Photographer Award (YPA). Awaiting the winner is a Canon EOS 77D with 18-55 mm lens  as well as the opportunity to participate in a seven month Mentorship Programme and to exhibit their work during UPPA 2021. The judging panel of YPA judges will include: Ala Khier (SD), Annette Sebba (UG), Edward Echwalu (UG), Katie Simmonds (UK/AE), Juliette Garms (NL) and Anna Kuā‡ma (PL/UG)

Deadline for submission to the Young Photographer Award is 1st August, 2020.

Submissions to all three competitions must be made online via the Visura platform ( where the guidelines on how to enter, details of category descriptions and terms and conditions can be found. 

Winners in all competitions and categories will receive prizes and will be announced in October 2020. 

Over the past eight years the UPPA has endeavored to not only celebrate Ugandan photojournalism but also create a platform where Ugandan photographers can not only connect with other professionals, locally and internationally, but also exchange and learn varied photography styles and perspectives through different programmes. As the competition has steadily increased in its international presence, it now presents an opportunity for participating photographers to showcase their work on the world stage. Our mission is to see more home grown talent taking center stage in the press world. Many of our previous winners have gone on to achieve great success. With their work reaching a bigger audience, they have been gaining access to opportunities for more lucrative commissions and  getting more recognition on a bigger stage. As we continue to pursue this aim, we continue to expand our reach in the East African region.

We are grateful to our partners: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Uganda, Canon Central and North Africa and other sponsors for their continued support and collaboration.

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