Photographers are invited to participate in our annual photography competitions in celebration of the photographic talents within Uganda and East Africa.
Now in its 6th edition we have the annual East African Photography Award (EAPA), open to all visual storytellers from the East African region.
The EAPA category invites East African photographers to submit their best single images to the following categories:
Human: Images that speak of people, humanity and mankind
Planet: Related to anything to do with our world
Imagine: For creative, innovative and experimental images
Through these categories we continue to embrace photography’s diversifying appeal. Entries to ‘Human’ and ‘Planet’ might cover issues ordinarily within the scope of journalism and documentary, with the ‘Imagine’ category as an open invitation to artistic, commercial and fine art photographers to showcase their work.
You can still submit a story, too- these categories should be treated as inspiration.
We look forward to seeing documentary and artistic work that reflects on the contemporary existence of people and the planet, and stories of life in East Africa.
The world around us is changing fast, and as creative workers it is our job to understand, keep up with and explain those changes. The impacts of cultural, socio-political, environmental and technological issues are growing larger as globalisation links us all together closer and the old collides with the new at every turn.
We look forward to seeing stories that show the region, its people and cultures from varied, sincere and respectful viewpoints. This competition is open to single images and/or bodies of photographic work that have been worked on in the last year, from August 2022 up until the 2023 deadline. It is an opportunity to share varied perspectives and showcase our different shared and individual identities and experiences as East Africans.
Note: Projects that were commenced before August 1st 2022 are also eligible as long as they contain work created in the past year.
The EAPA is open to citizens of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan.
The story winner will be awarded $1,500 and the single image winner $700.
All shortlisted photographers will be rewarded with a variety of prizes. All prizes are sponsored by FOTEA and the EU Delegation to Uganda. Note: All submissions to the Single Images and Stories must be done online through the Visura platform. Guidelines and terms and conditions can be found there as well.
Jury for EAPA: Paul Botes - Photo Editor, The Continent (SA); Sarah Gilbert - Photo Editor, The Guardian (UK); Luis Tato - Photo Editor AFP (JP/KE), Niamh Tracey - Curator FORMAT Festival (UK); Asha Iman Veal - Associate Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Photography (US)
EAPA deadline is August 1st, 2023.