This year is the 11th edition of the Uganda Press Photo Award, the 5th edition of the East African Photography Award and the 7th edition of the Young Photographer Award. Entries came in from all over East Africa, and as always we were amazed by the talent on show.
We are proud to present this year’s shortlist, in alphabetical order. Stay tuned for the announcement of the overall winners on October 18th!
Ericky Boniphace is a photojournalist specialising in editorial and news photography. He fell in love with photography while still at college, when he was pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication at Tumaini University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2017. He’s currently working with Agence France-Presse (AFP), Deutsche Welle (DW) and Mwananchi Communications Limited as a correspondent news photographer based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Hashim Nasor Hashim Hamza is a Khartoum-born, self-taught photographer. Trademarked with minimalist black and white conceptual artworks of the human body, specially hands, which in the last two years became a signature of his practice. Often experimenting with vibrant colours to explore the narrative of his observations. A dentist by profession, art and photography became like an escape from his daily work stress and routine and also a way of nourishing his soul during those processes of creating an idea into something physical as a photograph.
The Khartoum based Metche Jaafar is an architect, freelance photographer, visual artist and storyteller with a deep interest in folklore, art, and visual culture. Influenced by the work of Mary Ellen Marks and so many others, Metche fell in love with photojournalism and documentary photography. She’s interested in documenting social, political and women’s issues. Through storytelling, she's documenting for herself first and the people around her, creating and implementing on the visual history and heritage, having a good understanding of emotions, ideas, and incidents.
Andrew Kartende is a freelance documentary photographer and visual storyteller helping organisations raise awareness and tell stories through photography in East Africa and Uganda. He's a self driven, result oriented person and a team worker who appreciates the importance of individual contribution in achieving organisational goals.
Katumba Badru Sultan is a freelance photojournalist and a highly creative and detail-driven documentary photographer based in Uganda, with key experience photographing in changing environments and sensitive situations, with a strong love for street photography. Katumba is journalism graduate, Foundry and VII Academy fellow and certified sports photographer from FISU academy. His work has been published widely in Vogue, Lemonde, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, New York Times, The Star, London Standard, among others.
Lyndah Katusiime is a designer from Kampala, Uganda with experience in architectural, graphic, and interior design and has had the pleasure to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the built environment. She has always had a passion for photography and aspires to document unique settlements and journeys in Africa.
Boaz Kazoora is an emerging photographer looking to grow as a human being, create art and contribute to positive change through storytelling. “I love people, storytelling, coffee, travelling, hiking and my dreadlocks. Who am I? You don’t know me yet…”
Akuot Chol Mayak, commonly known as Bullen Chol is a photographer and filmmaker documenting social and political issues in South Sudan. Akuot also contributes as a freelancer to various newspapers and works as radio presenter and reporter. He says media is “my world” – he wants to let people know “about others and themselves”. “I’m dedicated to photography – when I look into my camera, I see the world in a different perspective and I project it through visual storytelling.” Akuot holds a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has successfully completed a National Geographic photography training.
Helen Mulugetta is a young and energetic soul with a deep passion for photography. She started off at a very young age by looking at other photographers’ work. She has always admired their perspective of life. She’s been in the industry for more than five years now and photography has become a way for her to tell and express what she sees in her surroundings and is able to communicate through images.
Isaac Henry Muwanguzi is a Ugandan graduate from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University and is currently a photojournalist with Next Media where he leads a team of three photographers.
Margaret Njeri Ngigi is a Kenyan photographer seven-years into her photography career. Women have been, and continue to be, the centre of most of her projects, such as Murky Waters and Mke Mwema. What drives her is the need to start conversations on issues that affect women and society at large. She is very passionate about feminism and the need to have safe spaces where women are able to hold conversations and also relate to her work and not feel alone with whatever issues they go through.
Donwilson Odhiambo is a Kenyan documentary photographer andvideographer. His work is all but about sustainable development and social justice and currently focuses on documenting the social, cultural, political, and economic activities of day-to-day life in Africa. He loves to collaborate with fellow photographers, and organisations around different communities.
Gordwin Odhiambo is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Nairobi. His work focuses on daily life and development issues both within the community, nationally, and internationally. These include; education, arts and culture, environment and climate change, healthcare, technology and community, community development projects, special corporate assignments, and editorial work.
Anthony is a wildlife ecologist, educator, conservation photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. He’s an International League of Conservation Photographer- Emerging League, Explorers Club 50 Awardee 2022 and 2021 Jackson Wild Grand Prismatic Awardee. His work is focused on creating conservation content that will inspire conservation action across all ages and races.
Ammar Abdallah is based in Wad Madani in Sudan. He started doing photography three years ago. He loves to tell stories through photography and wants to be one of the best photographers of his time. He wants to make photographs that go down in history. “My favorite rule, break the rules.”
Amanuel Sileshi is photojournalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, documenting the change and effect caused by humanity regarding conflicts, wars and political reforms. In 2016, Sileshi started experimenting with the medium of photography by taking pictures of his community. Since then, he decided to become a full-time photographer and began freelancing for NGOs and music concerts. In 2020, he started working for Agence France-Presse as a stringer.
Stuart Tibaweswa is a Kampala-based, award winning documentary photographer. His work often focuses on marginalised communities, their relationship to wider society and seeks to contribute towards correcting misrepresented narratives. Stuart's interest in documentary storytelling springs from the desire to question himself about social, identity, and climate change issues around his community and address them through photography.
Watsemba Miriam is an award winning documentary photographer, journalist and Canon Academy trainer based in Uganda. She comes from a background of journalism and communication and is passionate about storytelling. She believes that stories can be an effective avenue for driving change and development. Her dream is to help people express themselves authentically, through storytelling. Miriam is a multiple time grantee, who has published and exhibited both locally and internationally.