"The 2020 Portfolio Review judges made me think about a different way to go about my project to make it stronger and  more relevant. Thank you UPPA for the opportunity and I look forward to attending the next review session" 
Freelance Photojournalist, Ghana 
"I truly enjoyed and learned from the UPPA 2020 Portfolio Review. It's a great platform for photographers and storytellers to meet industry professionals and talk one on one about their story" 
Freelance Photojournalist, Ethiopia
"The UPPA 2018 month-long programme of activities and Portfolio Review was life-changing for me. The experience has influenced my growth as a photographer in more ways than I ever imagined possible" 
Portrait & Editorial Photographer, Uganda 

We are excited to invite photographers to sign up for the Uganda Press Photo Award 2021 Portfolio Review. This is your chance to talk to industry professionals and get fresh eyes on projects you’re working on, seek advice on technique and content, and get insight into how to market yourself and your work. 

To be eligible for this free portfolio review you must be from one of the 54 African countries and primarily working on this continent.

Some of this year's reviewers were also on the judging panel for this year’s competition so you can seek critical advice on entries you submitted to the award. However, beware! Not all of what you may hear will be flattering. You will receive unfiltered and unbiased feedback, and though it won’t all be easy to hear, it will certainly help you to see your photographic work from a new perspective.

The review will take place over 2 days on October 29th & 30th, 2021 
It will be conducted via Zoom between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm EAT

Registration deadline: October 10th, 2021


 • At least one coherent body of work – a maximum of 30 carefully selected images sequenced as you’d wish them to be seen. 
• Ability to articulate your concept, vision, and photographic goals; it might be helpful to write it down.  
• Each participant should also be prepared to introduce her/himself, briefly mentioning his or her background.
Each participant will have a maximum appointments of their choice. An individual review session will be 25 min long.  

Please read who the reviewers are (their bios are below) and think about your reasons for seeing each person- the keywords assigned to them should help you. The meeting should be as beneficial to you as possible, so for example, if you’re interested in photojournalism, you should probably see Yasuyoshi Chiba.

Places are limited, so once a booking is made it cannot be changed. Register using the link below, choosing up to 3 sessions with 3 different professionals that you’d like to see at a time that is convenient to you. We're keeping these sessions free to give more opportunity to photographers on the continent to take part, so please be very sure about your choice when selecting a slot. Should you be unable to take on your chosen slot, please let us know ahead of time so we can free it up. You will receive an email confirming the times and slots for each of your reviews as well as further instructions on how to create your portfolio online using the Visura Platform.

Terms and conditions will apply. In case of any question please info@ugandapressphoto.org 

  Anne Ackermann   is a photographer based in Germany...
Anne Ackermann is a photographer based in Germany working worldwide. Her work focuses on women’s issues ranging from migration and aftermath to skin bleaching and plastic surgery, from environmental disasters to child marriages. She is a grantee of VG Bildkunst Germany and Photoreporter Festival France. She was awarded 1st prize with her piece on intersexuality by “profamilia journalism award’ and shortlisted for the prestigious Hansel Mieth Preis in Germany. She occasionally lectures and gives talks.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Post-Conflict, Gender Issues, Women’s Rights
  Jide Adeniyi-Jones   comes from Nigeria and has been...
Jide Adeniyi-Jones comes from Nigeria and has been working as an independent photographer since 1973, specialising in documentary and editorial photography. He has worked for The African Guardian magazine, the BBC, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and many others. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including exhibitions in Lagos, Bamako, Milan, and Washington DC. Adeniyi is also a recipient of the prestigious 2003 Kaiser Family Foundation mini-fellowship.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography
   Nelly Ating    is a Nigerian visual storyteller who...
Nelly Ating is a Nigerian visual storyteller who focuses on deconstructing trauma in education, conflict, and migration. She's also a media professional whose interest lies in the intersection of technology and culture. She reimagines tense stories from a point that affectionately wields vulnerability as a powerful tool. Her work has been published in mainstream media such as the BBC, CNN, Foreign Policy and art festivals such as F2Festival Germany, PhotoVille Brooklyn, SMO Contemporary Lagos, and Lagos Photo Festival.

Key Words: Editorial Photography, Documentary Photography, Art Photography, New Technology
   Mariama Attah    is a photography curator, writer and...
Mariama Attah is a photography curator, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories and understanding how photography and visual culture can be used to amplify underrepresented voices. Mariama is curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was Curator of Photoworks, where she was responsible for developing and curating programs and events including Brighton Photo Biennial and was also Commissioning and Managing Editor of the yearly magazine Photoworks Annual.

Key Words: Curation, Visual Culture, Documentary Photography
  Paul Botes   is the picture editor of the Mail &...
Paul Botes is the picture editor of the Mail & Guardian in South Africa and has won numerous awards for his work. His work focuses primarily on issues of social justice and inequality. Paul has taught photography at The Market Photo Workshop and runs an intern programme that works regularly with students from a variety of schools from all over the world. He has been working on a long term “slow journalism” project with journalist Niren Tolsi which follows the aftermath of the 2012 Marikana massacre in South Africa.

Key Words: Editorial, Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Newsroom

  Yasuyoshi Chiba   is AFP Chief Photographer currently...
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 and Pictures of the Year International. In 2020 he was awarded World Press Photo Of The Year for his photographs of a young man reciting protest poetry during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Newsroom

   Khona Dlamini         is currently the Market...
Khona Dlamini is currently the Market Photo Workshop’s manager for Programmes and Projects. She was previously the manager of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme for the same institution. Khona’s interest has been in youth development through nurturing creative talent. In her work, starting in 1999, her focus has been on using the arts as a medium to speak to issues pertaining to women, marginalised youth and as a skill that young people can use towards a sustainable career trajectory. She is currently one of the mentors for Women Photograph 2020.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Education, Women's Issues
  Benjamin Füglister   is an artist and...
Benjamin Füglister is an artist and cultural entrepreneur. In his artistic practice he questions social conventions and explores their visual transformations. His particular interest is photography as a medium for visualizing the shifts in the human image. Füglister is the founder of the annual CAP Prize, the prize for contemporary African photography. He is a nominator for the renowned Prix Pictet and sits on the Photo Basel artistic advisory board. He is the founder of the IAF Basel – Festival for Contemporary Art and regularly engages as a reviewer at international photography festivals.

Key Words: Contemporary and Conceptual Photography, Editorial, Photography Education, Awards & Festivals

  Edward Echwalu   is a documentary photographer and...
Edward Echwalu is a documentary photographer and photojournalist with a decade's worth of experience. As a photojournalist, he has covered major events around Uganda and the continent principally covering health, conflict and development. 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 in Lusaka, Zambia, for his coverage of opposition protests in Uganda. Echwalu was also a winner of Uganda’s coveted Photojournalism prize, The Cranimer Mugerwa Photojournalism Award 2009.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Environment

  Thorsten Gerke   grew up in northern Germany on...
Thorsten Gerke grew up in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea. Before joining DER SPIEGEL as a Picture Editor in 2005, he was a freelance picture editor for various magazines. He creates and conceptualizes in the field of portrait, reportage and still-life for digital and print projects with a narrative and humanistic focus.

Key Words: Newsroom, Picture Editing, Editorial, Visual Storytelling
  Sarah Gilbert   is features picture editor for the...
Sarah Gilbert is features picture editor for the Guardian with over 20 years experience as an editor. Previously she was a picture editor at Conde Nast and the Guardian US Photo Editor. She has been a juror on a number of leading photography competitions, conducts portfolio reviews at international photo festivals and is a mentor on the Women Photograph programme. Her specific areas of interest include documentary and long-form photography, and she commissions portraits around the world and loves to encourage new talent.

Key Words: Newsroom, Picture Editing, Editorial, Commissions, Education

  Franziska   Jenni     is currently a PhD candidate...
Franziska Jenni is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Anthropology, where she is writing a dissertation on young photographers in Bamako, Mali and their aesthetic articulations in relation to their social, political, economic and cultural context.
She has also worked for several years as senior curator for the African department of the Museum der Kulturen in Basel, Switzerland.

Key Words: Editorial, Photography Education, Awards & Festivals
  Ala Kheir   was born in Nyala, Sudan in 1985....
Ala Kheir was born in Nyala, Sudan in 1985. Since secondary school photography has been an obsession for him, but 2005 was the real start when he started reading in depth about photography and purchased his first SLR. After returning to Sudan in 2009 Ala Kheir and his colleagues started Sudanese Photographers group with the aim to develop and promote photography in Sudan. Ala is also active in photography education and development in Africa, he runs TOV (The Other Vision, photography platform) which is a member of CLPA (Centers of Learning Photography in Africa). He is currently Based in Khartoum.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Photography Education, Archive
   Steven Lee        is the founder director of...
Steven Lee is the founder director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards Portrait Prize, and co-founder of KL20x20 and EXPOSURE+ PHOTO festival in Malaysia. He has been an active supporter of photography education and personal development especially in South East Asia and has participated in portfolio reviews and workshops at several international photo festivals. Steven is keen to see work that has strong connections about local and personal issues from all over the world and believes in the inclusive and informative power of photography. Currently, Steven serves as a nominator for the 6x6 Global Talent Program at World Press Photo and Leica Oskar Barnack Awards.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Visual Storytelling, Festivals & Exhibitions
   Cynthia      MaiWa Sitei     was born in Kenya...
Cynthia MaiWa Sitei was born in Kenya and moved to England in 2010 where she has been living and working for 11 years. After graduating with a BA in Psychology with Criminology, she pursued an MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales. Stories played a big impact in her upbringing- for her, they are a reliable method of communication in bringing people together and creating spaces where everyone is equal. A great story is one that organically bridges between hierarchy and exposition because it encourages immediate communication and interaction. She currently works at Ffotogallery as the Creative producer.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Slow Journalism, Long Term Projects
     Michelle Loukidis      received her photographic...
Michelle Loukidis received her photographic training at TUT in Tshwane. She worked as a highly successful wedding photographer for over 10 years. However, her keen interests in photographic development led her to the Market Photo Workshop, in Newtown, where she has trained and mentored young photographers for over 15 years. Many students have then gone on to receive important grants and mentorships through her guidance. Through this process she has also helped train photographers throughout the continent. In 2018, she co-founded Through The Lens Collective, which is a collaborative educational and developmental photographic space created by South African visual artists and educators who share a commitment to, and appreciation of, the photographic medium on the African continent.

Key Words: Photography Education, Visual Storytelling
   Louise Fedotov-Clements   has been the Artistic...
Louise Fedotov-Clements has been the Artistic Director of QUAD a centre for contemporary art, innovation and film since 2002, and Director/Co-Founder of FORMAT International Photography Festival, since 2004. An international awards advisor, she has contributed to numerous publications as producer/writer/Editorial Team and a juror, portfolio reviewer, speaker in Europe, America, Africa & Asia. 

Niamh Treacy is the coordinator for FORMAT International Photography Festival. She has reviewed for international portfolio reviews such as Belfast Photography Festival and Uganda Press Photo, and is part of the FORMAT curatorial team and has curated shows for FORMAT and internationally. Niamh holds is a graduate of the MA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins.

Louise & Niamh will be doing their reviews together.

Key Words: Curation, Photography Education, Photography Festivals, Visual Storytelling, Documentary
  Anne Nwakalor   is the Founding Editor of No!...
Anne Nwakalor is the Founding Editor of No! Wahala Magazine, one of Africa's first-ever contemporary photography magazines dedicated to showcasing authentic visual stories told by African creatives. She is also a Photo Editor and presently works as a Communication Expert within the development space in Nigeria.

Key Words: Portrait Photography, Editorial, Magazines, Documentary Photography, Conceptual Photography, Identity, Women & Gender Issues, Communications

  Uche Okpa-Iroha   is the Executive Director of the...
Uche Okpa-Iroha is the Executive Director of the Nlele Institute in Lagos, Nigeria, a Pan African nonprofit art photography organization. His own photography draws attention to the African continent where he uses cinematic narratives to investigate the stereotypical representation of deviant or marginal cultures. Uche is a founding member of Blackbox, a Nigeria photography collective. He is a contributor to several publications including “Lagos – the City at work”, “Nigerians Behind the Lens” and “Unifying Africa”. Uche is an alumnus and ex-resident of the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011/2012) and was among the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass selection committee in 2016.

Key Words: Curating, Ethical Photography, Documentary, Photography Education
  Carla Rosorius   is based in Hamburg and works as a...
Carla Rosorius is based in Hamburg and works as a photo editor for the GEO and P.M. Magazine families. She studied Social Science and Art History in Berlin. Afterwards she attended Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie to get to know the field of Photo Editing. She gained her first working experiences as an intern at Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine. Followed by prestigious magazines and newspapers like DER SPIEGEL and DIE ZEIT. Since 2015 she is working for GEO, mainly GEO kompakt and GEO WISSEN in a responsible position until 2019. She is now part of the Visual Board of GEO and P.M. Magazines.

Key Words: Photo Editing, Newsroom, Photojournalism, Magazine
  Bertan Selim   (1980) is an editor, curator and...
Bertan Selim (1980) is an editor, curator and consultant in the arts, specialised in international grant making in visual arts and photography. His work has centred on mentorship programmes in the Middle East and the Balkans. In 2014 he helped set up the Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP). And since 2017 he regularly lectures at the photography department of the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague (KABK). Bertan currently works as Head of Programmes at the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam and currently mentors about 12 artists from non-Western countries; additionally. In 2020 Bertan founded the VID Foundation for Photography to support photography in the Balkan region.

Key Words: Photo Editing, Grant Funding, Photography Education, Curation
   Sarah Waiswa    is a Ugandan-born, Kenya-based...
Sarah Waiswa is a Ugandan-born, Kenya-based documentary and portrait photographer with an interest in exploring the New African Identity on the continent. Sarah’s work explores social issues in Africa in a contemporary and non-traditional way. After winning prizes across multiple categories at the UPPA 2015, she has since won the Discovery Award in Arles, France, and the Gerald Kraak Award in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2018, she was named a Canon Brand Ambassador and was selected for the World Press Photo 6x6 Africa Program. Waiswa's photographs have been published in the Washington Post, and Bloomberg, among other publications.

Key Words: Portrait Photography, Identity, Women, Documentary Photography, Conceptual Photography & Gender Issues

  Anna Kućma   is the director of FOTEA Foundation...
Anna Kućma is the director of FOTEA Foundation and the Uganda Press Photo Awards, a photography platform and annual competitions for East African photojournalists and photographers. With a background in Cultural Policy and Film and Photographic Studies, she has collaborated with prominent galleries and has curated and assisted many exhibitions as well as working as a consultant on innovative visual storytelling initiatives. She is passionate about photography and developing alternative educational models for photographers and visual storytellers, and about developing new networks between visual professionals on the African continent and beyond. She is based in Kampala.

Key Words: Festivals, Curation, Education, Photography, Documentary Photography, Photojournalism
   Clare Gormley   is Head of Programmes and Partnerships...
Clare Gormley is Head of Programmes and Partnerships at Belfast Photo Festival. She has held curatorial and research positions at institutions including The MAC, Belfast; TATE; Pangolin London; Catalyst Arts; and Islington Exhibits, and has worked as an independent Curator for organisations including PS² and Outburst Queer Arts Festival. Clare is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the Glasgow School of Art. She is the founder and co-convener of the Northern Irish Art Network (supported by TATE and Paul Mellon Centre).

Key Words: Festivals, Curation, Portrait Photography, Documentary Photography, Conceptual Photography

portfolio | pɔːtˈfəʊlɪəʊ |

From the Italian portagogli and portefeuille, in French. The word has several meanings: the wallet in which identity papers and banknotes are kept; in the newspaper layout it’s a pull-out supplement (a certain number of pages) reserved for a sequence of images; it also serves to present a photographer’s work and give an idea of one’s capabilities. There is no need to put too much in- that could be boring and give the impression that you know how to do everything and ultimately nothing (very well). A portfolio must also be composed in relation to what is expected for the person who will see it: to get a commission or be taken on by a gallery. The high standards that go into selection for publication or to show work should not be overlooked. Nowadays there are fewer meetings in person and images travel on the Internet. The e-portfolio has been invented.
Frédérique Chapuis in “Just Ask! From Africa to Zeitgeist” (Ed. Simon Njami, Berlin, 2014), p. 135.

 Our first portfolio review in 2015 at the Uganda Museum...
Our first portfolio review in 2015 at the Uganda Museum in Kampala.


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