My good friend Brian Bwesigye runs a project called Writivism under the Center For African Cultural Excellence (CACE) where he identifies, trains and engages readers and writers in public discourse through literature. He asked me to take some portraits of the Writivism participants and this is what I came up with.
“The Uganda Press Photo Award Is back and now open for Entries. Photographers have up to August 31st to submit their work in order to be considered for the Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA). The award ceremony will take place in October at the Makerere art gallery and is organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) together with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
The winner of the Uganda Press Photo of the Year Award will receive a brand new Nikon D7000 camera, while the best picture in each of the six subcategories will also be awarded.
The categories are: News, Daily Life, Sports, Nature, Portraits and Story. Registration can be done online via http://www.uppa.fcau.org and is open to all Ugandans of 18 years and above. Almost 100 photographers applied for the 2012 edition of the UPPA, during which Daniel Edyegu (freelance with New Vision) was awarded with the main trophy. Entries are judged by a professional jury representing all areas of the industry. Among them are experienced news photo editors Carl De Souza (Agence France Presse) and Thomas Mukoya (Thomson Reuters), as well as photography curator Katrin Peters-Klaphake and renowned Kenyan photojournalist Boniface Mwangi.
The FCAU was set up in 2011 and represents not only foreigners but also Ugandans who report for international news agencies. It is committed to contributing to a lively journalism sector in Uganda, and this photojournalism award forms an important pillar of that commitment. The awards are sponsored by the United States Mission in Uganda, Aqua Sipi, Fotogenix and Definition Africa.”
For more information about the UPPA:
+256 (0) 775-835324 or email@example.com
For more on FCA Uganda:
+211 956-304218 / From the 6th of July: 0772-446101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shanley Knox Is one of the most courageous women I know. She takes Social Enterprise in its literal sense as she works with Local Artisans far deep in the Village of Kakooge in Nakasongola Uganda to help them generate a sustainable income rather than hand them aid. The most interesting thing isn’t only her model but the fact that she uses fashion to make known talent that lies deep inside hard working local Artisans at one end of the world.
The Nakate Project “exists to provide unique designs from Ugandan artisans to fashion conscious women. We use the creation of our pieces as an opportunity to establish relationships connecting Ugandan professionals and artisans with marginalized women in rural villages – using African talent to nourish African growth and development. Our idea of taking Africa with you is centered on the belief that the Africa we have experienced has to something to teach and offer brave, open, inspired women across the globe. Through the unique aesthetic we have come to love, we seek to both celebrate a part of the world that teaches us to live more deeply, and to challenge the bold adventurer that we know already lives inside of you”
I had the opportunity of working with Shanley doing a little bit of product photography for some of the works of the Women and here are a few shots
Someday I want to be so good at Portraits that the photos I take will not need captions to tell their stories. I love smiles and I love telling a different story about Africa. I tell stories of poverty and pain but i also tell stories of Joy, happiness and hope. Now those are stories I want to keep telling and I think this is a start for me.
I found these beautiful Vintage Cars at the Suq Waqif a famous local Market in Doha, Qatar. I couldn’t get enough of them. the first one is a Rolls Royce, the second is a Chevrolet and the last one is a GMC. I would love to have these in my collection which is currently none (Chuckles) but may be someday
A friend gave me the opportunity to spend a little time with his dogs so I decided to learn a little about Dog History. The facts I found whether true or not were amazing. It was my first time to work with animals and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Animals can teach us very important life lessons and the one I learned was about Friendship. Its not for nothing that they call Dogs man’s best friends. here are a few of the facts I found
Its believed that dogs have been with man way before before donkeys, horses, sheep, goats, cattle, cats, or even chickens were. Dogs have lived with man for 14000 years while cats have only been with us for half the time. There are 7 billion people in the world and its believed that there are 400 million dogs. There is something about Dogs that other animals don’t have. They are sensitive and are very intelligent sometimes more than even human beings. Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans I guess this is the reason the police chose to work with Dogs over any other animals.
A person standing still 300 yards away is almost invisible to a dog. But a dog can easily identify its owner standing a mile away if the owner is waving his arms. Dogs are also loyal. A dog can lay down its life for its owner and that for me is the true test of friendship. So do you still question whether Dogs are man’s best Friend? If a dog can be such a good friend why shouldn’t we be?
The WordPress team prepared a 2012 annual report for Old Toms Lens and this is what they had. Its a humble beginning for me but also very humbling experience as I pursue my dream of being a Professional Photographer. You can read the full report by clicking on the link below. A special Thanks to all my friends and Family mentors and Clients. 2012 was a wonderful year and it was all because of you.