Each year since 2016 we invite a small group of young Ugandan photographers, often chosen from the Young Photographer Award’s shortlist, to take part in an immersive and fast-paced program that seeks to provide support and help practitioners with professional development, allowing them to make the leap to full-time photography. From conceptualizing a project idea to researching, photographing, editing, and finally working on presenting their photographic work as a part of the annual winners’ exhibition before going on to pitch the work to national and international media, this program is unique in the region and delivers striking results.

The program is supported by Canon Central and North Africa and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kampala.


Esther Mbabazi
Stuart Tibaweswa
Andrew Kartende
Watsemba Miriam
Gilbert Yoti
Zahara Abdul
DeLovie Kwagala


Anne Ackermann
Frèdèrick Noy
Sumy Sadurni
Will Boase
Michele Sibiloni


"Surviving Bery: A Girlhood Trauma"

by DeLovie Kwagala  

A building presented as a chance for a better future, a rehabilitation center for children who had survived or were at risk of sexual violence, is now at the center of court battles, lawsuits and serious accusations. It was regarded as the light at the end of the tunnel for young girls escaping difficult situations, but according to many former residents it was actually as bad as what they were fleeing.


“Keeping Track”

by Zahara Abdul

While the rest of Kampala city is slugging it out on crowded roads and muddy, disintegrating pavements, a small group of the city’s most fortunate citizens glides to work in a manner that, if not perhaps as spacious or as luxurious as it could be, is definitely faster and involves less trouble. These lucky few, passengers on the only commuter train in Uganda, travel 16kms between Namanve and the city for a bargain fee of 1,000/=. The ticket queues are full of people elbowing each other for an iota of space. Then, once aboard, the train snakes through the filthiest suburbs of Kireka, and foul smells waft in from the heaps of garbage on the sides. In the carriages, it’s too crowded. Even when the train carries about 600 passengers, it feels like there are three times more people in here, all heading to the city center. When the lady with the Kabalagala comes round maybe you dig out 200 shillings and buy two from her. You smell armpits, heavy from the day’s labor. Hands touch, forced into proximity. Maybe you meet a colleague or even maybe get a comfortable seat. Sometimes there’s a fan, or a light, or an open window, or all of those things.


“Suburbia Of My Own”

by Gilbert Yoti

I have lived in Kisaasi for nearly two years now, after moving there to be closer to my mum and friends. It’s a suburban neighborhood with an easy commute to Kampala city center and most of its inhabitants consider themselves middle class. While there is no definitive description, Uganda’s middle class might be defined as consisting of individuals who are neither wealthy nor poor; they are not at the top or bottom of the social hierarchy, but they aspire to have a certain lifestyle. At first glance, the living standard of Kisaasi might be quickly assumed to be quite similar throughout, and quite high. The area is full of houses with water and electricity, surrounded by high walls and with easy access to supermarkets, shops, bars, and restaurants- a typical middle-class Ugandan neighborhood.


“The Network” 

by Stuart Tibaweswa

When you watch the news it all seems so smooth - a presenter presents, then a reporter reports, then the credits and the adverts roll. But behind the scenes, there is a machine running 24 hours a day, seven days a week to maintain that illusion of effortless broadcast. The machine is constructed from many different moving parts and characters, chugging along as they strive to deliver content that will keep the audience entertained.



by Andrew Katende

In most African countries, unemployment and underemployment have continued to rise, and the problem is exacerbated by a large young population, weak national labor markets, and persistent poverty. Youth unemployment in Uganda is one of the highest in Africa. Uganda also has the second-largest percentage of young people in the whole world. According to Action Aid, in 2012 six in every 10 Ugandans were unemployed. Many lack the skills employers need, but the core problem is that the economy is not expanding as fast as the labor force. Annet Balondemu Rachel is a 33-year-old single mother of three. She worked in the Sultanate of Oman as a domestic worker until she was deported after complaining of being physically abused. She was unable to seek justice as Oman’s labor law excludes domestic workers from its protections, so those who flee abuse have little avenue for redress. “I can’t talk about it. What happened in Oman was not good at all”, she tells me. Trying to get back on her feet, she has immersed herself in a range of jobs to try to make ends meet.


“Dreams and Realities” 

by Watsemba Miriam

In the project “Dreams and Realities” I profile three members of this increasingly loud and fearless generation of young adults who are choosing to leave behind career paths and safe jobs and venture into the unknown at any cost, hoping that someday they will live “the dream”. They are pioneers in their own way, but it’s a big risk- Uganda’s youth unemployment rate is one of the highest in the world and few people have the luxury of a steady paycheck, let alone deciding to forgo that in favor of trying to create their own roles and companies.


"This Time We Are Young"

by Esther Mbabazi

The population of Uganda is one of the youngest in the world with an average age of 14. This project follows how young Ugandans spend their free time outside school. Esther’s project follows three teens - Latif, a young man from Mbale, and two girls, Irene and Aidah, one who comes from the city and one from the village. By focusing on the activities that make up teenage life after school, Esther examines how their differences change the way they live their lives.

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