A platform for photographers in East Africa to connect, learn and grow.

  WHO WE ARE    We are a small team who are passionate...
We are a small team who are passionate about photography and photographs. We’re based in Kampala, Uganda, where we move between lots of different spaces to host exhibitions, talks, and workshops. Despite our small size and diverse educational backgrounds, we’ve seen great success in helping friends and alumni to gain exposure, get published, and forge careers in international media. Our list of previous winners is a testament to the amazing community we’re lucky to be part of.

To offer a truly supportive platform for photographers in East Africa, creating opportunities for people to connect, learn, and grow. We provide photographic and visual literacy education and organize competitions, exhibitions, and other related activities.

Our vision is to make photography and photographic education accessible to everyone, to ensure that they have the rights and tools to tell their own stories.

  OUR HISTORY       The Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA)...
The Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) was originally developed in 2012. It began as a competition for Ugandan photojournalists and photographers who strive to keep the public informed of the daily news, sometimes at great risk to themselves.

Over the years we’ve grown into a platform that not only promotes the best of today’s photojournalism and documentary photography in Uganda but also supports a broad programme of visual literacy and a visual education. We also seek to remind the viewing public of the importance of creativity, freedom of expression, and vibrant press for democratic development.

The award soon became just one small part of a much larger organization, and in 2016 we established the 
FOTEA Foundation to support the growing scale of the award and our other activities.

FOTEA aims to bring together photographers and other visual storytellers, to encourage and champion viewpoints that document and engage with social change in Uganda and East Africa.

Activities now under the purview of
FOTEA include the Awards, the Emerging Photographer Mentorship Programme; workshops, photography talks and panel discussions, film screenings, portfolio reviews, and exhibitions.


        Anna Kućma        Director and Curator       Anna...

Anna Kućma
Director and Curator

Anna is the director of the Uganda Press Photo Award and FOTEA. She also works as an independent curator and producer. She is passionate about photography and developing alternative educational models for visual storytellers, and developing new networks between visual professionals on the African continent and beyond.

      Stella Nantongo      Programme Coordinator       A...

Stella Nantongo
Programme Coordinator

A photography enthusiast with a mostly forgotten degree in IT, Stella is passionate about ways in which photographic education sparks creativity. When she’s not overseeing UPPA’s workshops and other activities she can be found watching either Formula One or tennis.

      Ivan Barigye     Creative Lead and Art Director...

Ivan Barigye
Creative Lead and Art Director

Ivan is a comprehensive design and digital Creative/Art Director based in Kampala Uganda with over 15 years of experience. An adamant photography lover and a technology enthusiast.

   Philip Peter Kairu      Media and Project...
Philip Peter Kairu 
Media and Project Assistant

Philip is a photographer and artist. Lately, his art practice mostly involves working on mixed media collages. He loves sports, especially rugby and plays it whenever he can.
   PARTNERS      Our projects wouldn’t be able to...

Our projects wouldn’t be able to exist without the support of our amazing Partners, Sponsors, and Collaborators. We’re grateful for their support each and every year.

    PUBLICATIONS        On an irregular basis, we produce...

On an irregular basis, we produce publications of our work and winners. Here are links to some of them.


If you have any questions, please contact us at info@ugandapressphoto.org or +256 (0) 702 454492


The Uganda Press Photo Award(UPPA) is a platform for photographers and people interested in photography in Uganda and East Africa.
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