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The Uganda Press Photo Awards (UPPA 2013) Is back

“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:
Anna Kućma
+256 (0) 775-835324 or anna.kucma@fcau.org
For more on FCA Uganda:
Arne Doornebal
+211 956-304218 / From the 6th of July: 0772-446101 or arne.doornebal@gmail.com
Twitter: @FCAUganda
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FCAUganda



I am a UPPA award Winner

A few months back, the Foreign Correspondent’s Association of Uganda held the first Ugandan Photography Competition named the “Uganda Press Photo Award” (UPPA)  asking for submissions country wide. I had shot for a couple of months as an amateur photographer and had quite a number of images that I was going to choose from. Unfortunately, I lost all my images when I was robbed of my laptop and back up drive. I was so discouraged but I didn’t give up. I decided to shoot more images till the final day of  submission and burnt the midnight oil preparing my images for submission. A few weeks later I was contacted that I was a finalist and that I should send a short bio of myself and also attend the award giving ceremony. I was so ecstatic and so anxious. There was an 64GB iPad and a Nikon D7000 DSLR to be won. These two are like a photographer’s best friends and for a beginner, they would have saved thousands of dollars in investment. So I arrive at the Venue and …. anyway I didn’t win the iPad or the D7000 DSLR but seeing my images printed and on display as people looked at them and were making all sorts of comments filled me with joy. The winners were really good and deserved everything they got. I saw images by fellow Ugandan photographers and I marveled at the level of talent that we have as a country. All that people are looking for is an opportunity and as they say give a man just half a chance and you will be amazed at how much they can do with it.  I am so grateful to FCAU for the opportunity to showcase my art and I look forward to more opportunities.

For the list of Winners Click HERE  & for the Winning Images click HERE

For those who weren’t there, here are the two images that came 2nd place in the News Singles and Environmental Story category