Last year we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) as we continued the tradition of recognising and awarding some of the best photography and photojournalism within the country. We believe that this year’s eleventh edition marks a good moment to introduce a new format for the award, opening the competition to a wider pool of talent and engaging with photographers and their audiences in a new and exciting way.
This year we’re inviting Ugandan photographers to submit bodies of photographic work responding to the theme ‘NEW REALITIES’. It is 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 place prizes, we hope to encourage photographers to reflect on these and other current events more deeply and to unleash their creativity. Images submitted may be 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).
Awaiting the winner is a Canon EOS RP body and kit lens, and a Canon inkjet printer. All shortlisted photographers will be awarded with a variety of prizes, sponsored by Canon CNA and the EU Delegation to Uganda.