Uganda Press Photo Award 2015


May 1, 2016

Uganda Press Photo Award 2016 announced

The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) is pleased to announce the Uganda Press Photo Award 2016, the Award’s fifth edition. Founded by FCAU in 2012, the Award recognises and promotes Ugandan photojournalism, and also includes training and workshops for Ugandan photojournalists. The Uganda Press Photo Award is organised in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

This was decided at the FCAU’s 2016 Annual General Meeting, at which the Association’s chairs, Cathy Byaruhanga (BBC) and Mark Schenkel (Het Financieele Dagblad) were re-elected. Halima Athumani (Anadolu Agency) was elected as treasurer, and Malcolm Webb (Al Jazeera) was re-elected as secretary.

FCAU is a professional association for journalists in Uganda who work for foreign news media. It organises social events and off-record briefings with newsmakers for its members, as well as the Uganda Press Photo Award.

The 2016 Award will open for entries around July. Details will be posted on the Uganda Press Photo Award website.


press release PDF


February 27, 2016

Abuses aimed at journalists covering Uganda’s 2016 general election

The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) is concerned over a recent series of abuses aimed at journalists covering Uganda’s 2016 general election. FCAU recognizes Uganda as a country with a vibrant media landscape and with room for expression of diverging opinions; we call upon the authorities to safeguard this status by respecting the freedom of journalists both foreign and local. FCAU represents more than thirty journalists, Ugandan as well as foreign, who work for foreign media houses. FCAU is affiliated to the Nairobi-based Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa (FCAEA).

FCAU states the following:

  • FCAU condemns the recent pepper spraying of one of its members by an apparent plainclothes security operative, an action that was unjustified. FCAU calls upon the Ugandan authorities to join us in publicly condemning this action, as well as to investigate the matter and take appropriate steps against the apparent operative. FCAU wishes to point out that a formal complaint is being prepared.
  • FCAU wishes to rectify a narrative making the rounds, that two foreign journalists “assaulted” the police officer in charge at the scene at the time of the pepper spraying incident. The only thing the journalists did was to vocally protest the willful pepper spraying of their colleague and to demand an explanation.
  • FCAU is concerned about the security of personal data of journalists following the online publication of one foreign journalist’s picture and passport data.
  • FCAU wishes to clarify that no foreign journalist has been arrested or deported from Uganda following these recent incidents, contrary to some rumors circulating on social media.

Regarding the pepper spraying incident:


Beccy Vassie photo 2

March 10, 2015

FCAU mourns the death of one of its members, British photojournalist Rebecca Vassie

KAMPALA – The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda regrets to announce the death of one of its members, British photojournalist Rebecca Vassie. Rebecca died early Tuesday morning following a severe allergic reaction. She had worked in Uganda for about three years, for the Associated Press, Daily Monitor and other clients. She had also recently been elected as FCAU’s training co-ordinator. FCAU members’ thoughts are with her friends and family.


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October 16, 2014

UPPA 2014 Winners Announced

The winner of the Uganda Press Photo 2014 is Abu Mwesigwa. He took the overall prize with a photo of a bride in wedding dress and her entourage, including soldiers in uniform, crammed into a saloon car, following a military mass wedding.

All winning images can be seen here:

Mwesigwa selected by the jurors as the overall winner from 29 winners across seven categories (full list below). He works for Vision Group, and has a degree in fine art from Makerere University, majoring in photography.

All the winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Makerere University Art Gallery, and the winners’ exhibition, including all the winning images, was launched at the same occasion.

The Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) is organised by the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU), in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the US Mission in Uganda, and with support from Definition Africa. The Uganda Press Photo Award started in 2012, and 2014 is the third.

FCAU’s co-chair, Malcolm Webb, who is also a correspondent for Al Jazeera English TV, said, “The Awards have gone from strength to strength each year. This year over 700 images were submitted, which is more than double what we received last last year. Also the standard of the entries is high, and growing higher.”



July 23, 2014

The Uganda Press Photo Award Photojournalism Workshop 2014

With the generous support of the U.S. Mission in Kampala the FCAU was able to run a series of two workshops for professional photojournalists earlier this year. The first workshop took place in Gulu and the second one was organized in Kampala. Professionals working for different media houses as well as freelancers and independent photographers attended both.

The programs of the workshops were developed and run by two Ugandan photojournalists and FCAU members, Edward Echwalu (Reuters) and Isaac Kasamani (AFP). Even though the workshops were brief, lasting 3 days each, the program was very ambitious and was designed to cover a range of subjects such as maximizing the performance of any camera including simple point-and-shoots, which are common working tools for many Ugandan photojournalists.

Moreover the participants learnt more about the importance and art of captioning, working on photo essays and longer and more in-depth photo assignments, and the ethics of photojournalism, which both times provoked a very lively discussion. Apart from theory the participants also had two practical assignments. Jimmy Adriko, photo editor of the New Vision, was pleased with the effect the workshops had on his photographers, saying, “The feedback from the training was exciting- the team came back fired up!”

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