“The UPPA portfolio review really exposed me to professional opinions about my work. Talking to professionals helped me understand how my stories could be stronger. I am looking forward to the next review.”  
Conceptual, Portraiture & Documentary Photographer, Nigeria

"2021 virtual portfolio review was epic, and made room to meet so many amazing photography gurus from around the world. This wouldn't have been possible had it been a physical meet up. I also liked the fact that we got to interact with fellow photographers from other parts of the Africa."
Urban & Street Photographer, Uganda
"During my review sessions I received very interesting feedback on how I tell stories with photos. I had the opportunity to share my work with an editor from a photo magazine (No! Wahala Magazine) and the founder of an international storytelling platform (Visura), and to discover and participate in an award (the Prince Claus Fund Awards)." 
Artist Photographer, Algeria 

We are excited to invite photographers to sign up for the 2023 Uganda Press Photo Award 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 competitions 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 on October 27th & 28th, 2023 
It will be conducted via Zoom between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm EAT

Registration deadline [Extended]: 
 October 9th, 2023


• 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 is guaranteed at least 2 appointments of their choice. Each review session will be 25 min long.  

Please read about the reviewers (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 Luis Tato.

Register using the link below, choosing up to 5 reviewers you’d most like to see or are most relevant to you from your top. We're keeping these sessions free to give an opportunity to more photographers on the continent to take part. Slots are limited and will be allotted on a first-come first served basis. We’ll reach out to you with your schedule ahead of the review via email confirming the reviewers and times slots allotted to you 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 questions please info@ugandapressphoto.org 

  Ala Kheir   is a Sudanese photographer based in...
Ala Kheir is a Sudanese photographer based in Khartoum. His photographs actively engage with the city of Khartoum, creating personal perspectives and narratives about his immediate space. His work has been showcased in various spaces in Africa and around the world. Ala Kheir is also active in photography education, He runs The Other Vision (TOV), a photography platform that focuses on photography education in Sudan, through which he assists young photographers and connects them to the continent.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Photography Education, Long-term projects
  Anna Kućma   is a freelance visual editor and cultural...
Anna Kućma is a freelance visual editor and cultural producer with an extensive background in photography and a passion for photographic and visual literacy education. She founded the Uganda Press Photo Award and FOTEA in order to focus on developing new educational models for photographers and visual storytellers. Both have a strong presence across East Africa and internationally, collaborating with a wide network to create educational programs, events, exhibitions, books, and more. She also works as a photo editor at ZAM Magazine in Amsterdam.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Editorial, Photography Education
  Angana Narula   is the co-founder of The jfa Human...
Angana Narula is the co-founder of The jfa Human Rights Journal, an online and print storytelling platform focused on amplifying under-platformed stories on human rights. Currently, she edits the publication's photography and culture section. Angana has previously worked in digital marketing and communications in the UK’s publishing industry, at the United Nations in New York and in various NGOs in Thailand. She has bylines in Gal-dem, Polyester Zine and Thai newspapers on topics such as representations of women of colour in the media and gender inequality.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Human Rights Advocacy, Storytelling , Gender Equality
  Babajide Adeniyi-Jones   comes from Nigeria and has...
Babajide 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
   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
  Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson   is South Asia Editor for...
Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson is South Asia Editor for Reuters Pictures. Based in New Delhi, she leads the photography team across the sub-continent. Previously Gabrielle was the Senior Editor for The Wider Image, Reuters award winning imprint for long-form photojournalism and led the Yannis Behrakis Photojournalism grant program - a year long mentorship program for young photographers.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Editorial
  Martin Kharumwa   is a self-taught photographer whose...
Martin Kharumwa is a self-taught photographer whose career shift was prompted by winning the first ever Sony World Photography Award in 2008 for his abstract work.  Martin's work in and around East Africa has led to a vibrant career working for a range of clients from Stern Magazine, to Nike Foundation and The Girl Effect. More of an image maker than image taker, he has developed a bold and diverse body of work, often working with fashion designer/art director Gloria Wavamunno and 'Africa's Next Top Model' winner Amito Queen. He is also building a lasting footprint by supporting and training young photographers in the region and running the Converse Africa Project, a Tumblr blog dedicated to the brighter side of African life.  

Key Words: Conceptual Photography, Arts Photography, Editorial
  Khona Dlamini   is currently the Market Photo...
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, Photography Education
  Luis Tato   is AFP's (Agence France-Presse) Chief...
Luis Tato is AFP's (Agence France-Presse) Chief Photographer for East Africa and the Indian Ocean, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He started his career as a photographer working for the Spanish leading newspaper La Vanguardia covering daily news and sports. Afterwards, he moved to Nairobi in 2017 to work as a stringer photographer covering East Africa for AFP. In 2023, he was appointed Chief Photographer for East Africa and the Indian Ocean taking a leading role in the photography coverage of the region for the news agency. His work has been published broadly and has been awarded with several major awards such as World Press Photo, Sony World Photography Awards and several POY (Pictures of the Year International).

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Newsroom
  Maheder Haileselassie   is an Ethiopian...
Maheder Haileselassie is an Ethiopian photographer/visual artist born and based in Addis Ababa. Her works are inspired by the history, memory and experiences of her and of people she engages with everyday. 
 This year, she has won CAP Prize 2023 and has been shortlisted for Grand Prix Images Vevey 2023/24 and Phmuesum grant. Maheder’s works have been exhibited at numerous venues, museums and festivals around the world and she has been accepted to outstanding programs such as World Press Photo Masterclass and New York Times Portfolio Review. Moreover, she had collaborated with institutions such as Frobenius Institute, University of Cambridge, The Ethiopian Institute of Architecture and Goethe Institut on projects that look into the intersection between photography, history, anthropology and architecture. She also runs the Center for Photography in Ethiopia, a learning platform for emerging photographers.

Key Words: Visual Art, Photography Education, Conceptual Photography
  Maral Deghati   is Managing Editor for News Photography...
Maral Deghati is Managing Editor for News Photography at Getty Images. Producing photography and multimedia narratives in collaboration with photojournalists worldwide on issues concerning developing and conflict ­stricken contexts across Asia, Africa and Europe. Beyond her role as a photo-editor for various international agencies, advocating visual literacy, curating exhibitions and educational projects are integral to Deghati’s work with photography.

Key Words: News Photography, Photojournalism, Visual Literacy, Curating, Educational Projects
  Michelle Loukidis   has a keen interests in...
Michelle Loukidis has a keen interests in photographic development which led her to education where she has trained and mentored young photographers from all over Africa for over 20 years. In 2018 she founded a small woman based photographic art school, Through The Lens Collective in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through the Lens Collective is a collaborative educational and developmental photographic space that specializes in the photographic medium on the African continent. Through photographic training the collective aims to develop creativity, critical thinking and professional practice. A fine artist herself, she has exhibited her photographs in solo and group exhibitions. Michelle prefers working in film using medium format cameras, where she feels a certain amount of the magic of photography is still retained. She works and lives in Johannesburg.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Visual Literacy, Curation, Educational Projects
  Niamh Treacy   is the Coordinator for FORMAT...
Niamh Treacy is the Coordinator for FORMAT International Photography Festival, the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media based in Derby, UK. She has reviewed internationally for organisations such as Belfast Photography Festival, Uganda Press Photo and LCC and has juried open calls for FORMAT, UPPA, Zealous and the United Rugby Championship. Niamh is part of the FORMAT and QUAD curatorial team curating shows both internationally and nationally such as; un/natural, Lishui Photography Festival (2021), Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, QUAD (2021), #massisolationFORMAT, Derby Museum and Art Gallery (2021) among others.

Key Words: Curating,Visual Storytelling, Festivals and Exhibitions
   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
  Roger Anis     is an Egyptian documentary...
Roger Anis is an Egyptian documentary photographer, photo editor & curator. He received his bachelor in fine arts in 2008 from Egypt and a diploma in Photojournalism from the Danish School of Media & Journalism in Denmark in 2015. Roger started his career as a photojournalist in 2010, working with different newspapers and international news agencies. His work got published in various international newspapers and news agencies like AP, AFP, Getty Images, New York Times, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Le Monde, De Grona Amsterdam, The Guardian and many others next to my work with International Organizations like UNICEF, UNDP. UNFPA, UNWoman. Currently Roger is pursuing his Master degree from the Royal Academy of Arts in the Netherlands with a focus on rivers and water.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Curation, Photojournalism
  Sarah Gilbert   is Features Picture Editor at the...
Sarah Gilbert is Features Picture Editor at the Guardian with responsibility for online and print content, and over 20 years experience. Her previous roles include work for book and magazine publishers, a picture editor at Conde Nast, and several years in the US as Photo Editor for the Guardian. She has been a juror on a number of leading photography competitions, regularly conduct portfolio reviews and was a mentor on the Women Photograph programme. She is particularly interested in portraiture and photo-documentary projects, and photo essays that focus on social, economic and climate issues. I'm always seeking to be surprised! Please no fashion. I am only comfortable conducting reviews in English.

Key Words: Editorial, Photojournalism, Documentary Photography
  Steven Lee       is the founder director of Kuala...
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 and Exhibitions
  Uche Okpa-Iroha   is doctoral student at the...
Uche Okpa-Iroha is doctoral student at the Northwestern University Evanston Illinois (USA) with interest in exploring the development of modes and theories of representation. Okpa-Iroha is the founder and director of Lagos-based informal photography school, The Nlele Institute. He is a founding member of the Nigerian photography group known as the Blackbox Photography Collective and a founding member of the Invisible Borders Trans-African photography travel group in 2009. He is a two - time winner of the Grand Prix Seydou Keita Award for the best photography creation at the 8th and 10th Bamako Encounters with the “Under Bridge Life” and “The Plantation Boy” projects in 2009 and 2015 respectively. He also a recipient of the Jean Paul Blachere prize in 2009 and the Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award by Center Santa Fe, New Mexico USA in 2022. He co-founded the photography and video art night of projections – FOTOPARTY Lagos and the Lagos Portfolio Review. Okpa-Iroha is also the founder of Lagos Open Range Exhibition Project.

Key Words: Curating, Documentary Photography, Photography Education
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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