What is it?
The Uganda Press Photo Award was created to recognize the individuals who record the visual history of this country, working tirelessly and sometimes taking great risk so that the rest of us can stay informed about what is happening.
The award aims to promote the best of today’s photojournalism in Uganda as well as encouraging a new generation of photographers. It also seeks to remind the viewing public of the importance of a vibrant press for democratic development.
What’s in it for you?
The winner of the main prize, the Uganda Press Photo of the Year Award, will receive a Nikon D300s camera sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Uganda to enable them to continue their valuable work with the right tools for the job.
Other prizes will be awarded to winners of all categories, and are generously supported by Definition Africa.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda also supports a program of free training sessions for photographers, with all lessons taught by internationally recognized photographers.
Agency: Cosmos agency
About: Born in 1965, Frederic NOY is a freelance photographer represented by Cosmos agency. His photographical approach based on a documentary process, favours the chronicle as a narrative mode. Successively living in Tanzania, Nigeria, Sudan, Chad and presently in Uganda, his essays focus on what the news forget, on trifling and neglected stories and on the life of populations trapped in the spiral of conflict or socially excluded and stigmatized. His recent photographs from Northern Uganda documenting the Nodding Syndrome, a mysterious illness with unknown cause, affecting thousands Acholi tribe children, were recently exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image, the international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France.
Carl de Souza
Position: East Africa Chief Photographer
About: Carl de Souza was born in Sweden and has 13 years of experience in photojournalism. During his career he has travelled across the world covering major breaking news stories and sports events for AFP. His work is regularly published in all the major international newspapers and magazines. Carl has won numerous awards for his work including winning entries in the prestigious NPPA awards, Carl Zeiss Awards and The Sports Journalist’s specialist portfolio award.
About: Jide Adeniyi-Jones comes from Nigeria and has been working as an independent photographer since 1973, specializing in documentary and editorial photography. He has worked for The African Guardian magazine, the BBC, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and many others. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including exhibitions in Lagos, Bamako, Milan, and Washington DC. Adeniyi is also a recipient of the prestigious 2003 Kaiser Family Foundation mini-fellowship. He lives in Nairobi.
Gallery: Makerere Art Gallery
About: Katrin Peters-Klaphake (Germany/ Uganda) is curator at Makerere Art Gallery/Institute for Heritage Conservation and Restoration and lecturer in museum studies at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA), Makerere University, Kampala. Before moving to Uganda in 2009 she served as curator for temporary exhibitions in the photography department at the German Historical Museum, Berlin. Her program at Makerere Art Gallery/IHCR focuses on creating inventive exhibitions by local and international artists as well as the preservation, documentation and research of modern and contemporary visual art in Uganda. She is a member of the curatorial team of the first Contemporary Art Festival in Kampala.
About: Michael is also a well-known artist who focuses on social documentary and art photography. He has exhibited in various galleries in New York, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Morocco, Canada, Amsterdam, Mali, Miami, and Sao Paulo. His work can be found in a number of international magazines and various catalogues.
About: Riason Naidoo was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1970. From 2004-2007 he curated several exhibitions on the work of veteran South African photographer Ranjith Kally that was shown in Johannesburg and Durban and which travelled to Mali, Austria, Spain and France. In 2006, he curated The Indian in DRUM Magazine in the 1950s, from the Bailey’s African History Archive (BAHA), shown widely in South Africa until 2011 and which resulted in a book by the same name he published in 2008.
He also served on the jury of the 2013 World Press Photo awards.