About Us

What is it?

The Uganda Press Photo Award is a platform for people interested in photography and seeking to record the visual history of this country, to showcase their craft. These are hardworking Ugandans who sometimes take great risk so the rest of us can stay informed about what is happening.

The award aims to promote the best of today’s photojournalism in Uganda as well as encouraging a new generation of photographers. It also seeks to remind the viewing public of the importance of a vibrant press for democratic development.

Conceived by the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

What’s in it for you?

The winner of the main prize, the Uganda Press Photo of the Year Award, receives a CANON sponsored EOS 7D MARK II DSLR camera. A prize we hope can provide them with the right tools, enabling them to continue their work and hone their skills.

We also offer support to other participants who win in the different categories with prizes that we believe can lighten their load as photojournalists.

There are also photography workshops organized through the year with the support of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda, with members who are internationally recognized photographers, offering to take on the trainings.

We also offer portfolio reviews, film screenings and discussions on subject matter pertinent to growth of the craft.

With our catalogue of established as well as up and coming photojournalists, we hope to bridge the gap between the photographers and those in need of people with their skill set.


Annette Sebba - UPPA judge
Annette Sebba

About Annette

Annette Sebba is a lecturer at The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial Design and Fine Art, Makerere University, Kampala. Previously, Annette was an Art Director at Adapt TBWA (QG Saatchi & Saatchi) and MAAD Advertising.

In the Department of Visual Communication Design and Multimedia, Annette conducts classes on photography and design communication. She is passionate about photography, photographers and communicators in other fields. Her experiences in fine art, together with her background give her unique perspective having worked with both analog and digital.

Recently, Annette participated in a training at Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, bringing African photographers together to share experiences and opportunities that will strengthen the network and streamline teaching photography on the continent.

Carl de Souza

About Carl

Carl de Souza was born in Sweden and has 13 years of experience in photojournalism. During his career he has travelled across the world covering major breaking news stories and sports events for AFP. His work is regularly published in all the major international newspapers and magazines.

Carl has won numerous awards for his work including winning entries in the prestigious NPPA awards, Carl Zeiss Awards and The Sports Journalist’s specialist portfolio award.

Frederic Noy

About Frederic

Born in 1965, Frederic NOY is a freelance photographer represented by Cosmos agency. His photographical approach based on a documentary process, favours the chronicle as a narrative mode. Successively living in Tanzania, Nigeria, Sudan, Chad and presently in Uganda, his essays focus on what the news forget, on trifling and neglected stories and on the life of populations trapped in the spiral of conflict or socially excluded and stigmatized.

His recent photographs from Northern Uganda documenting the Nodding Syndrome, a mysterious illness with unknown cause, affecting thousands Acholi tribe children, were recently exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image, the international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France.

Jide Adeniyi-Jones

About Jide

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. He lives in Nairobi.

Katrin Peters-Klaphake

About Katrin

Katrin Peters-Klaphake is a curator at Makerere Art Gallery/Institute for Heritage Conservation and Restoration and lecturer at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA), Makerere University, Kampala.

She co-curated the local section of the exhibition project ‘Visionary Africa – Art at Work’ in Kampala in 2012 and co-initiated the first Contemporary Art Festival in Kampala, KLA ART 012 in the same year. Other activities include collaboration with the ‘History In Progress Uganda’ project on the documentation of the Ham Mukasa Archives for the Endangered Archives Programme coordinated by the British Library, and being a member of the curatorial team of the Photographers’ Portfolio Meetings.

In 2014, she co-authored the handbook-style publication for photographers “Just Ask! From Africa to Zeitgeist” (ed. Simon Njami, Berlin 2014).

Neo Ntsoma

About Neo

Neo Ntsoma pioneered her way forward as a talented photojournalist in 1998 in the wake of a law that divided a nation, and armed with a vision to prove to South Africa and the world that African women could excel at professions that had solely been associated with men. To date she is the first female recipient of the CNN African Journalist Award for photography and the recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Photography Award.

Ntsoma worked for The Star newspapers, before starting her own company, Neo Ntsoma Productions.  With the quintessential understanding of the importance of mentorship, she gives private consultations about professional development and best business practices for photographers. She is also a member of the Nominating Committee of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.

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