Uganda Press Photography Winners 2018 list

Speaking about Esagala’s winning image, competition judge Yasuyoshi Chiba said, “This is quite a perfect example of a press photo image. A pulled tie stretched by the force of police officer, a smoke of tear gas on background, the widely opened mouth of resisting student – details of this single photo make us stop to think.”

Alex Esagala is the winner of the 7th edition of the Uganda Press Photo Award 2018.

Esagala’s win earned him a a professional-level Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera kit as well as other prizes. Esagala is a Daily Monitor photojournalist.

The 7th edition of the Uganda Press Photo Award welcomed a number of changes, the most significant being a shake-up of the UPPA’s single-picture categories. Creative, Portrait and Nature have become Urban, People, and Environment respectively. Additionally the East African Photography Award (EAPA) was introduced and replaces the Story category. Participants in the competition hailed from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The EAPA prize was hotly contested but was finally awarded to a photo essay titled “Kibera: Stories from Within”, a long term documentary project by Kenyan photographer, Brian Otieno.

The UPPA and EAPA were judged by an international jury composed of photography professionals Yasuyoshi Chiba (KE/JP), Georgina Goodwin (KE), Martin Kharumwa (UG), Frederic Noy (UG/FR) and Annette Sebba (UG).

Jibril Kwizera claimed the third edition of the Young Photographer Award. In addition to a Canon EOS 1300D camera kit, the photographer gets to exhibit in UPPA 2019 and a place in the 7-month long Mentorship Programme. The judges for this competition were Jide Adeniji Jones (NG/USA), Laura Beltran Villamizar (CO/NL), Benjamin Füglister (CH/DE), Katie Simmonds (UK/AE), and Sarah Waiswa (UG/KE)

The Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) was conceived in 2012 to offer support and appreciation for Ugandan photojournalists and photographers who sometimes take great risks to document the world around and keep the public informed.

UPPA is supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Mareike Le Pelley, Resident Director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Uganda, said: “As an organisation which promotes democratic participation, FES Uganda is proud to have supported UPPA from its inception in 2012 and seen it grow each year. UPPA’s programme now offers numerous opportunities to showcase Ugandan photojournalistic talent and further improve the professionalism of Uganda’s photojournalists. High quality journalism and visual storytelling are central to freedom of expression, access to information and effective political participation in a democracy.”

As of 2016 UPPA is a program of the FOTEA Foundation, which was established to provide umbrella support for the UPPA and its satellite activities. These include most recently the East African Photography Award, the Young Photographers’ Award and Young Photographer Mentorship Programme, workshops, film screenings, portfolio reviews and exhibitions.

The winners of the Uganda Press Photo of the Year Award, the East African Photography Award and the Young Photographer Award all receive professional-level camera equipment sponsored by Canon. The prizes awarded are tools of the trade that enable the winners to continue their work and hone their skills. The winners also get exposure through the annual month-long exhibition, as well as in media both online and in print.

The Complete List of Winners is:

Uganda Press Photo Award

Overall Winner: Alex Esagala

1st Alex Esagala
2nd Abubaker Lubowa
3rd Alex Esagala
HM Michael Kakumirizi

Daily Life
1st Richard Sanya
2nd Chris Dennis Rosenberg
3rd Mbaleka Jonas
HM Lovington Kambugu

1st Katumba Badru
2nd Chris Dennis Rosenberg
3rd Nicholas Bamulanzeki
HM Muhammad Hassan

1st Timothy Latim
2nd Ronnie Rains Bwire
3rd Julius Ssekidde
HM Douglas Musunga

1st Richard Sanya
2nd Katumba Badru
3rd Kagonyera Busingye
HM Richard Sanya

1st Moses Lemisa
2nd Richard Sanya
3rd Badru Katumba
HM Timothy Latim

East African Photography Award

1st Brian Otieno (KE)
2nd Katumba Badru (UG)
3rd Thomas Mukoya (KE)
HM Simon Fidelis Luyenga (TZ)

Young Photographer Award

1st Jibril Kwizera
2nd Julius Ssekidde
3rd Barbara Emolot

(HM = honourable mention)