UPPA Young Photographer Award 2024 (Uganda)


UPPA Young Photographer Award 2024 (Uganda)


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The Young Photographer Award now in its eighth edition is open to emerging, passionate, Ugandan photographers between the ages of 21 and 28 years looking to cultivate a career in professional photography.

  • Venue: Kampala
  • Date: Monday 22nd July 2024
  • Time: Ongoing
  • Amount: Free

The Young Photographer Award is an educational award geared towards passionate emerging photographers looking to cultivate a career in documentary photography or photojournalism. The winner of the competition, gets an opportunity to participate in an intensive Mentorship Programme. The programme is designed to give young photographers a chance to learn more about photography with our bootcamp course as well as developing a documentary photography project under the guidance of an industry professional. The photographic outcomes from the mentorship are exhibited in Kampala

How To Apply

Photographers should submit the following:

  • A motivation letter introducing yourself as well as explaining why you should be considered for the award and the mentorship program;

  • A photographic project idea of a long-term project that you would like to realize and take on during the mentorship program. This has to be a realistic and attainable idea, as you may have to follow through during the mentorship program;

  • A portfolio of 20 JPEG images to see your photographic skill in practice.

  • Remember - images submitted will speak for you and your talent, so be sure to show us a variety of your best work. The images do not have to be part of a singular story.


    All submissions are made via a Story created from the Visura open-call interface

    Image size: 6000px on the longest dimension. (sRGB, 300 dpi, jpg format)

    The contest is restricted to Ugandan citizens, between 21 and 28 years of age.

    As part of your submission, written in English, you should include;
    - Your motivation letter, not less than 200 words- Your project proposal, which shouldn’t be less than 400 words. The proposed subject must be noteworthy and original or, an original take on an old idea.- Portfolio.

    One proposal per photographer will be considered. In the case of multiple submissions being received from a single photographer only the first proposal received will be considered.

    The project proposal is a concept note for a documentary or other photography project that you’d like to realize. 

    The portfolio should consist of 20 images taken by the applicant which will represent your photographic approach and interests. 

    While there will be no restrictions to technical quality of the images submitted, applicants are expected to submit their best quality images.

    Images must have accurate captions, written in English only, and contain adequate information which should include
    - Description of who is in the photograph and what is going on within the photo- Name of the place where the picture was made.- Provide the date the photo was made.-

    Captions must give context for what’s not seen (e.g. a scene of walking pilgrims).

    Only submissions uploaded via the entry website by the July 15th 2024 deadline will be accepted.

    The applications will be reviewed by a jury who will select the winner and two runners-up who will be invited to participate in the 2024 Mentorship Programme.

    Notice: Any correspondence with judges pertaining to the judging process will be grounds for disqualification.

    The winner of the competition will be announced in October, 2024.

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