East African Photography Award 2022 Open for Submissions

East African Photography Award 2022 Open for Submissions

FOTEA is proud to announce the fifth annual East African Photography Award, open to all visual storytellers from the Eastern African region. 

The EAPA was previously only a story competition for photographers working on extended photo essays. That changes this year! We are happy to unveil our new competition format and to invite 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 

  • Photography’s appeal is diversifying, and these categories recognise that. While entries to ‘Human’ and ‘Planet’ might cover issues ordinarily within the scope of journalism, we have added 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 2021 up until the 2022 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 2021 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. Beginning this year, we are also pleased to welcome submissions from Sudan and South Sudan.

We will award winners in both single and story categories. Awaiting the single image winner is a Canon EOS RP body with a kit lens, while the stories winner will take home a Canon EOS R body with a kit lens. The winners will also both receive Canon inkjet printers. All shortlisted photographers will be rewarded with a variety of prizes. All prizes are sponsored by Canon CNA and the EU Delegation to Uganda.

Jury: Paul Botes - Photo Editor, Mail & Guardian (SA); Yasuyoshi Chiba - Photo Editor AFP (JP/KE); Sarah Gilbert - Photo Editor, The Guardian (UK); Liz Ikiriko - Curator and Photo Editor (NG/CA); Martin Kharumwa - Photographer (UG).

Note: All submissions must be done online through the Visura platform: for Single Images and Stories. Guidelines and terms and conditions can be found there as well.

The deadline for all submissions is August 8th, 2022.

Please contact info@ugandapressphoto.org if you have any questions.

The EAPA  is organised by FOTEA with support from our partners: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Uganda, Canon Central and North Africa, the EU Delegation to Uganda and other sponsors. 

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


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