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The Uganda Press Photo Award Competitions 2020 (Win Camera Kits)

The Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) invites all photojournalists and photographers to participate in the 9th annual photography competitions.

Over the past eight years, the UPPA has endeavoured 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 homegrown talent taking centre 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.

The Uganda Press Photo Award

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 Participants can submit their images (published or unpublished) to six varied categories: News, Daily Life, Environment, People, Sports & Urban.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

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 also be part of the 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)

The Young Photographer Award

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 Kućma (PL/UG)

How to Submit

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. 

Click here to Apply

Deadline: 1st August, 2020


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