We are excited to invite photographers to sign up for the Uganda Press Photo Award 2020 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 on October 24th, 2020 
It will be conducted via Zoom between 9:30 am and 7:00 pm EAT
Registration deadline: October 4th, 2020


 • A 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 between 2-4 appointments of their choice. An individual review session will be 20 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 fashion photography you should probably see Barbara Minishi.

Places are limited, so participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register using the link below indicating up to six (6) professionals that you’d like to see, and ranking them from 1(most relevant) to 6 (least relevant) in order of relevance to your photographic work. 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. 

For all the photographers who will register for the portfolio review, Visura is offering a 50% discount on their annual premium account plan.

Terms and conditions will apply. In case of any question please contact: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, touching themes 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, a finalist at the International Women Photographers Award and The Jacob Riis Award, a member of photo agency FOCUS and Women Photograph. 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
  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 (1st for People in the News Singles in 2009, 1st for People in the News Stories in 2012) and Pictures of the Year International (award of excellence for news picture story in 2012, 3rd for sports picture story in 2015, 1st for Portrait in 2016). 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

  Carielle Doe   is a freelance photographer/producer who...
Carielle Doe is a freelance photographer/producer who has a deep love for journalism. With a focus on human interest stories, she has worked on projects all over the world. Carielle worked as field producer in Liberia for ABC News throughout the Ebola crisis. Prior to this she was a multimedia producer and consultant on projects for various news outlets, private companies, and NGOs. In 2010 Carielle beat more than 40,000 other competitors to win the Your Big Year competition, travelling to 16 countries as field producer and photographer on the 2011 Your Big Year trip. During the trip, she documented volunteer projects. She holds an MA in journalism from New York University with a focus on documentary. She also serves as New Narratives Videography and Photography mentor, a role in which she works with video reporters and photographers on their stories.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Videography

  Edward Echwalu   is a documentary photographer and...
Edward Echwalu is a documentary photographer and photojournalist with a wealth of experience spanning a decade, having worked across the African continent. As a photojournalist, writer and blogger, 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 (Muhammed Amin Photographic Award) in Lusaka, Zambia, for his coverage of opposition protests in Uganda (Walk to Work). In 2013, his submission was among the highly commended at the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award (Muhammed Amin Photographic Award) in Cape Town, South Africa. Echwalu was also a winner of Uganda’s coveted Photojournalism prize, The Cranimer Mugerwa Photojournalism Award 2009.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Environment

  Louise Fedotov-Clements   is the artistic director of...
Louise Fedotov-Clements is the artistic director of QUAD and the director of  FORMAT International Photography Festival. Louise has been the Artistic Director of QUAD since 2002, and the Director of FORMAT, which she co-founded in 2004. An independent curator since 1998 directing commissions, publications, performances and exhibitions. Guest Curator for international institutions including Dong Gang (Yeongwol) South Korea; Photoquai Biennale Musée du quai Branly Paris; Les Rencontres Arles, Discoveries; Dali Photo, China; Poikkeustila 2020 Finland; Venice Biennale EM15; Photo Beijing, and LishuiPhoto China; Korea International Photo Festival. An international nominator and awards advisor, she has contributed to numerous publications as producer/writer/Editorial Team member and a juror, portfolio reviewer, speaker at events across Europe, America, Africa & Asia.

Key Words: Conceptual Photography, Documentary Photography, Curating, Exhibition & Festivals
  Benjamin Füglister   is an artist and...
Benjamin Füglister is an artist and cultural entrepreneur born in Switzerland in 1978. He studied at the Basel Academy of Art and Design in Switzerland, and at the University of the Arts Utrecht in the Netherlands. 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. Benjamin Füglister has been a member of the European Photography magazine editorial staff since 2006, and in 2009 he established piclet.agency. He is the founder of the annual CAP Prize, the prize for contemporary African photography. Füglister 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 engaged as a reviewer at international photography festivals.

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

  Georgina Goodwin   is a documentary photographer and...
Georgina Goodwin is a documentary photographer and Canon Ambassador born and based in Kenya. Her work focuses on women, refugees, social issues and the environment, and is best known for her award-winning coverage of Kenya’s post-election violence, cancer in Kenya, the Westgate terror attack, and refugees in Tanzania. Georgina is a contributor to Getty Images and Everyday Climate Change, a member of Women Photograph, and a speaker at TEDxKakumaCamp, the first TED talks to be held at a refugee camp.  Her work has been published by NY Times, Elle, Vogue, AFP and many others, and has been exhibited in Times Square NYC, Tokyo Japan and The Louvre Paris amongst others.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Environment, Health, Gender and Women’s Issues

  Polly Irungu   is a multimedia journalist, digital...
Polly Irungu is a multimedia journalist, digital editor and self-taught photographer. She also is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and online database of Black women and non-binary photographers. Polly is a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), where she is responsible for managing social media for WNYC and PRX’s ‘The Takeaway’. As a photographer, her work has been published widely. In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has spoken about social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media, COVID-19, and photojournalism at US institutions such as the University of Oregon, and as a panelist for The Guardian - Nigeria, Public Ambition, Twitter, NBC News, Hustle Summit, National Association of Black Journalists, and Online News Association.

Key Words: Editor, Content Curator, Identity, Race and Gender Issues
  Ala Khier   was born in Nyala, Sudan in 1985....
Ala Khier 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

  Lekgetho James Makola   is the head of Market Photo...
Lekgetho James Makola is the head of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. He has been on the judging panels for several international photography and arts Awards in the past 4 years, including being the 2020 World Press Photo Awards Chairperson of General Jury and participated as a reviewer in the 2018 New York Times Portfolio Review. Lekgetho has a Fine Art degree from Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa. His artistic achievements include a Bronze Sculpture commission for President Nelson Mandela. He is an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice 2009, and a Graduate of Howard University in Washington DC USA with a MFA in Film Studies 2013. He worked for the Durban Art Museum, Robben Island Museum including an internship at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Lekgetho is an active member of the virtual continental network Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa.

Key Words: Editorial, Photography Education, Awards & Festivals
  Barbara Minishi   was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya...
Barbara Minishi was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and discovered her passion for the visual arts after graduation from Daystar University Kenya with a BA Communication (Print Media and Advertising) degree in 2003. To date, her sixteen year career has been successful with its diverse selection of commissioned work in the fashion, editorial, commercial and private sector specializing in people, products and places. She was featured by Al Jazeera in a documentary series highlighting New African Photography. In addition, she has co-led and mentored a workshop at Design Week Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Fashion Photography. Barbara embraces the responsibility being and practicing as an artist in this current age dictates. In her opinion, the importance of evolved authorship, self directed power and  authentic freedom in creating and transmuting stories from/with/around the perspective of the black female gaze are much needed.

Key Words: Fine Art Photography, Advertising Photography, Fashion Photography, Race and Gender Issues
  Jacques Nkinzingabo   is a self-taught...
Jacques Nkinzingabo is a self-taught photographer and visual storyteller specializing in documentary photography. He lives and works in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Nkinzingabo is one of the first photographers who stood up to show new images of Rwanda through documenting its beauty and resilience.  His photography work focuses on cultural diversity, memories, migration, identity and social issues. Furthermore, Nkinzingabo is the co-founder of KwandaArt Foundation, which helps to promote Rwanda’s photography & art community through festivals, workshops and exhibitions. He recently opened the first and only photography gallery and center in Kigali, the Kigali Exhibitions, Workshops Center for Photography, where he displays the work of other Rwandan photographers as well as hosts international photographers and organises exhibitions, artist talks, portfolio reviews and soon photography residencies. His work has been exhibited in India, Germany, France and Rwanda and published globally.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Visual Storytelling, Festivals & Exhibitions
  Frédéric Noy   (1965) is a French...
Frédéric Noy (1965) is a French photographer whose documentary approach favours the chronicle as a narrative mode. His work, mainly focused on Africa, describes a continent under construction, whose history, beliefs and traditions are tirelessly rubbing shoulders with an irrepressible mutation. A proponent of Slow Journalism and intrigued by the issue of taboo, he spent several years on a work about sexual minorities in the Great Lakes region which was published by "Les Belles Lettres" in 2020, as a book entitled: "Ekifire". His latest project, centred around Lake Victoria and rewarded with the Visa D'Or Magazine 2019, focuses on the dilemma between survival and environmental preservation that is plaguing the populations living around Lake Victoria, in East Africa. His reports are regularly exhibited during Visa Pour l'Image, and appear frequently in French and international publications. He is currently based in Central Asia and is represented by Panos Agency.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Slow Journalism, Long Term Projects
  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 two-time winner of the Seydou Keita Award at the 8th and 10th Bamako Encounters with his “Under Bridge Life” and “the Plantation Boy” projects respectively. 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
  Katie Simmonds   is a photographer, visual...
Katie Simmonds is a photographer, visual storyteller and the manager of Canon's sustainability programme, Miraisha. The Canon Miraisha programme has trained and up-skilled over 4,500 young African youth in photography, filmmaking and printing to support livelihoods and establish careers. Katie has also developed a "train the trainer" programme, which has already trained 20 local African visual storytellers to become professional educational trainers in the field of photography and filmmaking. Katie started her career working as a press photographer. She has collaborated and worked alongside countless reputable and awarding photo organizations in the industry including: Ian Parry, World Press Photo, Visa pour l’image, and Getty Images. Katie is excited to review the portfolios of the entrants and is looking forward to finding a dynamic, diverse and talented young photographer who will help foster and strengthen the Ugandan photo community.

Key Words: Visual Storytelling, Documentary, Education, Canon
  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.  With degrees in sociology and psychology, 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. Her work has been exhibited around the world, most recently at the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam and also part of the group show "African MÄ“trópolis. An Imaginary city" at the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome. Her photographs have been published in the Washington Post, and Bloomberg, among other publications.

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

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.



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