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July 1, 2014

The Uganda Press Photo Award 2014 is now open for entries

KAMPALA – The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) together with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) are pleased to announce that the Uganda Press Photo Award is now open for entries from Ugandan photojournalists and photographers.

This is the third edition of the Award and this year the main prize for the winning photograph will be a Nikon D300s DSLR. The winners of the different categories will also be awarded prizes generously supported by the U.S. Mission to Uganda and Definition Africa.

This year a new “Creative” category has been added to the competition in response to the feed-back of last year’s entrants. We hope that it will encourage photographers to submit images which reflect more artistic approaches to the medium.

This year our judging panel will be chaired once more by Carl De Souza, AFP’s chief photographer for East Africa. Joining him again will be Katrin Peters-Klaphake, a curator with extensive experience in photography and photojournalism. We also welcome Ethiopian photographer Micheal Tsegaye and Nigerian photojournalist Jide Adeniyi-Jones, who lives in Nairobi, as well as Frédérick Noy, who is an FCAU member and renowned photojournalist.

The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2014.

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June 23, 2014

Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to jail in Egypt

KAMPALA – The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) strongly condemns the sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists to jail in Egypt.

Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison, Baher Mohamed to ten years, at a court in Cairo. The sentencing follows a four-month trial that failed to meet any rec-ognized standards of justice, and it is an assault on press freedom.

FCAU calls for the release of the three journalists, along with the other journalists in Egypt and around the world who are imprisoned simply for doing their jobs.

FCAU is professional association for Ugandan and foreign journalists, working in Uganda, for foreign news media.

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Uganda Press Photo of the Year 2013: A police officer shouts for assistance as an injured man is carried away from the scene of a fuel tanker crash. The man, a Somali truck driver, was taken to Mulago hospital after suffering severe burns and other injuries in the accident. (Photo by Drake Ssentongo)

October 17, 2013

Uganda Press Photo Award 2013 Winners Announced

KAMPALA – The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) together with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) is pleased to announce that the Uganda Press Photo Award 2013 has been won by Drake Ssentongo for his picture of the aftermath of a fuel tanker crash on the Jinja road. The full list of winners can be found at the bottom of this page. The UPPA’s opening ceremony and prize-giving was held at 6pm on Thursday October 17th 2013 at Makerere Art Gallery, Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University. This year’s winners included a large number of freelance photographers from all over Uganda, as well as from the national newspapers.

The award ceremony was preceded by a public panel discussion on the subject of photojournalism’s role in contemporary society. The dialogue set the stage for the official opening of the exhibition, which include the winners and runners up of the Uganda Press Photo Award, as well as historical images  from photojournalism’s early days in Uganda. The event was attended by most of Uganda’s working photographers, along with AFP’s chief photographer for East Africa Carl De Souza and South Africa’s inspirational Santu Mafokeng. Photographers from all over the country submitted their pictures and the exhibition showed some of the best Ugandan photojournalism in a range of fields, from the past year. The exhibition will be open to the public until November 7th.

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October 16, 2013

The Uganda Press Photo Award 2013 Winner’s Exhibition

KAMPALA – The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) together with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) are pleased to announce the opening of the Uganda Press Photo Award 2013 Winner’s Exhibition. The opening ceremony and prize-giving will be at 6 pm on Thursday October 17th 2013 at Makerere Art Gallery, Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University. This year’s winners include a large number of freelance photographers from all over Uganda, as well as from the national newspapers.

The award ceremony will be preceded by a public panel discussion on the subject of photojournalism’s role in contemporary society, which will start at 12.00 pm. The discussion is to stimulate debate about the state of photojournalism in Uganda. This year’s discussion is going to look at photojournalism in Uganda throughout the years, and it will embrace the role of photojournalism for society and outline how photojournalism can support empowerment and encourage social change.

The dialogue sets the stage for the official opening of the exhibition, which will include the winners and runners up of the Uganda Press Photo Award, as well as historical images  from photojournalism’s early days in Uganda. Photographers from all over the country submitted their pictures and the exhibition will show some of best Ugandan photojournalism, in a range of fields, from the past year.

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September 12, 2013

Extension Of Deadline – The Uganda Press Photo Award

KAMPALA – The deadline for the prestigious Uganda Press Photo Award has been extended until September 20th, 2013 to allow for a final round of submissions by interested photographers. After a judging session in Nairobi in which the judges awarded prizes in most but not all categories the decision was taken to reopen submissions based on the jury’s feedback, which highlighted the lack of images covering breaking news.

Photographers now have up to September 20th 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 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.

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