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: http://www.fcau.org/uppa/home/winners-2014/

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!”


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.



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.


press release pdf (0.36 mb)

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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