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The Uganda Press Photo Award(UPPA) was conceived with support from the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in 2012 as a competition for Ugandan photojournalists and photographers who work hard and sometimes take great risks so the rest of us can stay informed about what is happening. The award’s aim is to promote the best of today’s photojournalism in Uganda, supporting visual literacy as well as encouraging a new generation of photographers by focusing on photographic education through our programmes. It also seeks to remind the viewing public of the importance of a vibrant press for democratic development.

As of 2016, UPPA is executed by the FOTEA Foundation which was established to support the growing capacity of the project, with UPPA being the major of its satellite activities. Others include the Young Photographers’ Award along with the Emerging Photographer Mentorship Programme; workshops, film screenings, portfolio reviews and exhibitions. Through all of this FOTEA strives to bring together photographers and other visual storytellers to encourage unique voices that document and engage with social change in Uganda.

2016 also saw UPPA included in the Survey of Photography Learning and Training Initiatives on the African Continent, conducted by Photo: and the Goethe Institute, which plots a map of photography training and learning initiatives that are currently operating in Africa. It is the only such institution identified in East Africa.


Director/ Founder: Anna Kućma

Programme Coordinator: Stella Nantongo

Graphic Design: Ivan Barigye

Web Design: Raymond Kukundakwe



The winner of the main prize, the Uganda Press Photo of the Year Award, receives a CANON sponsored DSLR camera and kit. The prizes awarded are tools of the trade that we hope can enable the winners to continue their work and hone their skills.

The winners also get exposure as the award looks to shine a spotlight on the winning images with a month long exhibition as well as in media both online and in print. 2017 saw UPPA take part in the Images of Current Affairs | Press Photography and Archives in Africa exhibition at the Basel University Library from 28 April – 26 August.


Annette Sebba - UPPA judge
Annette Sebba

About Annette

Annette Sebba is a lecturer at The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial Design and Fine Art, Makerere University, Kampala. Previously, Annette was an Art Director at Adapt TBWA (QG Saatchi & Saatchi) and MAAD Advertising.

In the Department of Visual Communication Design and Multimedia, Annette conducts classes on photography and design communication. She is passionate about photography, photographers and communicators in other fields. Her experiences in fine art, together with her background give her unique perspective having worked with both analog and digital.

Recently, Annette participated in a training at Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, bringing African photographers together to share experiences and opportunities that will strengthen the network and streamline teaching photography on the continent.

Edward Echwalu

About Edward

Edward Echwalu is a documentary photographer and photojournalist with a wealth of experience spanning a decade. As photojournalist, a writer and blogger, he has covered major and historical events around Uganda and the continent, many of which, have been in the areas of health, conflict and development. He has previously done freelance work for Reuters News Agency, The Daily Monitor, The Observer Newspaper and a number of NGO’s. He’s a current contributor to Everyday Africa- part of Everyday Projects.


He emerged the 1st Runner Up in the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards 2012 (Muhammed Amin Photographic Award) in Lusaka, Zambia, for his coverage of opposition protests (Walk to Work). In 2013, his submission was among the highly commended at the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award (Muhammed Amin Photographic Award) in Cape Town, South Africa. Echwalu was also a winner of Uganda’s coveted Photojournalism price, The Cranimer Mugerwa Photojournalism Award 2009.


Katrin Peters-Klaphake

About Katrin

Katrin Peters-Klaphake is a curator at Makerere Art Gallery/Institute for Heritage Conservation and Restoration and lecturer at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA), Makerere University, Kampala.

She co-curated the local section of the exhibition project ‘Visionary Africa – Art at Work’ in Kampala in 2012 and co-initiated the first Contemporary Art Festival in Kampala, KLA ART 012 in the same year. Other activities include collaboration with the ‘History In Progress Uganda’ project on the documentation of the Ham Mukasa Archives for the Endangered Archives Programme coordinated by the British Library, and being a member of the curatorial team of the Photographers’ Portfolio Meetings.

In 2014, she co-authored the handbook-style publication for photographers “Just Ask! From Africa to Zeitgeist” (ed. Simon Njami, Berlin 2014).

Mulugeta Ayene

About Mulugeta

Mulugeta Ayene is an award winning Ethiopian photojournalist and a fine art photographer living in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, where he works for International media outlets including the Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP) and other publications.

His photographic career has also led him to work for Prominent International Organizations like UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and International Rescue Committee to mention a few.

Mulugeta has also shared his photography related experiences and knowledge outside of Ethiopia in countries such as Spain and Latvia.

His works have won him multiple awards including the first prize in photojournalism in the “Excellence in Journalism” competition organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Ethiopia (FCAE) for two straight years 2011 and 2012 as well as coming on top for the 2012 edition of the India-Africa photo contest.

“My passion for photography is inspired by what I call ‘the art of seeing’; I love to creatively see moments as they unfold before my eyes. I employ all my creativity and passion to capture the full visual impact of those fleeting moments that occur in a larger event happening around me.”

Neo Ntsoma

About Neo

Neo Ntsoma pioneered her way forward as a talented photojournalist in 1998 in the wake of a law that divided a nation, and armed with a vision to prove to South Africa and the world that African women could excel at professions that had solely been associated with men. To date she is the first female recipient of the CNN African Journalist Award for photography and the recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Photography Award.

Ntsoma worked for The Star newspapers, before starting her own company, Neo Ntsoma Productions.  With the quintessential understanding of the importance of mentorship, she gives private consultations about professional development and best business practices for photographers. She is also a member of the Nominating Committee of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.



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 photographer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011. His works have been recognized with many photography awards including World Press Photo (1st for people in the news singles in 2009, 1st for people in the news stories in 2012) and Pictures of the Year International (award of excellence for news picture story in 2012, 3rd for sports picture story in 2015, 1st for Portrait in 2016).

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