“The UPPA portfolio review really exposed me to professional opinions about my work. Talking to professionals helped me understand how my stories could be stronger. I am looking forward to the next review.”  
Conceptual, Portraiture & Documentary Photographer, Nigeria

"2021 virtual portfolio review was epic, and made room to meet so many amazing photography gurus from around the world. This wouldn't have been possible had it been a physical meet up. I also liked the fact that we got to interact with fellow photographers from other parts of the Africa. I look forward to another epic 2022 review!"
Urban & Street Photographer, Uganda
"During my review sessions I received very interesting feedback on how I tell stories with photos. I had the opportunity to share my work with an editor from a photo magazine (No! Wahala Magazine) and the founder of an international storytelling platform (Visura), and to discover and participate in an award (the Prince Claus Fund Awards)." 
Artist Photographer, Algeria 

We are excited to invite photographers to sign up for the 2022 Uganda Press Photo Award Portfolio Review. This is your chance to talk to industry professionals and get fresh eyes on projects you’re working on, seek advice on technique and content, and get insight into how to market yourself and your work. 

To be eligible for this free portfolio review you must be from one of the 54 African countries and primarily working on this continent.

Some of this year's reviewers were also on the judging panel for this year’s competitions so you can seek critical advice on entries you submitted to the award. However, beware! Not all of what you may hear will be flattering. You will receive unfiltered and unbiased feedback, and though it won’t all be easy to hear, it will certainly help you to see your photographic work from a new perspective.

The review will take place over 2 days on November 4th & 5th, 2022 
It will be conducted via Zoom between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm EAT

Registration deadline: October 3rd, 2022


 • At least one coherent body of work – a maximum of 30 carefully selected images sequenced as you’d wish them to be seen. 
• Ability to articulate your concept, vision, and photographic goals; it might be helpful to write it down.  
• Each participant should also be prepared to introduce her/himself, briefly mentioning his or her background.
Each participant is guaranteed at least 2 appointments of their choice. Each review session will be 25 min long.  

Please read who the reviewers are (their bios are below) and think about your reasons for seeing each person- the keywords assigned to them should help you. The meeting should be as beneficial to you as possible, so for example, if you’re interested in photojournalism, you should probably see Yasuyoshi Chiba.

Register using the link below, choosing up to 5 reviewers you’d most like to see or are most relevant to you from your top. We're keeping these sessions free to give opportunity to more photographers on the continent to take part. Slots are limited and will be allotted on a first come first served basis. We’ll reach out to you with your schedule ahead of the review via email confirming the reviewers and times slots allotted to you as well as further instructions on how to create your portfolio online using the Visura Platform.

Terms and conditions will apply. In case of any question please info@ugandapressphoto.org 

  Ala Kheir   is a Sudanese photographer based in...
Ala Kheir is a Sudanese photographer based in Khartoum. His photographs actively engage with the city of Khartoum, creating personal perspectives and narratives about his immediate space. His work has been showcased in various spaces in Africa and around the world. Ala Kheir is also active in photography education, He runs The Other Vision (TOV), a photography platform that focuses on photography education in Sudan, through which he assists young photographers and connects them to the continent.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Photography Education, Long-term projects
   Anna Kućma        is the director of FOTEA...
Anna Kućma is the director of FOTEA Foundation and the Uganda Press Photo Awards, a photography platform and annual competitions for East African photojournalists and photographers. She also works as a photo and web editor for ZAM Magazine. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with photography production and education on the African continent.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Photojournalism, Editorial, Education
   Anne Nwakalor     is the Founding Editor of No!...
Anne Nwakalor  is the Founding Editor of No! Wahala Magazine, one of Africa's first-ever contemporary photography magazine dedicated to showcasing authentic visual stories told by African creatives. She is also a Photo Editor and presently works as a Communication Officer within the art space in the UK

Key Words: Portrait Photography, Editorial, Magazines, Documentary Photography, Conceptual Photography
   Jide Adeniyi-Jones    comes from Nigeria and has been...
Jide Adeniyi-Jones comes from Nigeria and has been working as an independent photographer since 1973, specialising 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.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography
  Benjamin Füglister   is an artist and...
Benjamin Füglister is an artist and cultural entrepreneur. In his artistic practice he questions social conventions and explores their visual transformations. His particular interest is photography as a medium for visualising the shifts in the human image. Füglister is the founder of the annual CAP Prize, the prize for contemporary African photography. He is a nominator for the renowned Prix Pictet and sits on the Photo Basel artistic advisory board. He is the founder of the IAF Basel – Festival for Contemporary Art and regularly engages as a reviewer at international photography festivals.

Key Words: Contemporary and Conceptual Photography, Editorial, Photography Education, Awards & Festivals

  Cynthia    MaiWa Sitei    is a Kenyan British...
Cynthia MaiWa Sitei is a Kenyan British curator and visual artist. She is particularly interested in seeing work that offers new perspectives and interpretations and carries meaning and value to you. Cynthia currently works at Ffotogallery, Wales' leading photography and lens-based media organisation as the curator.

Key Words: Curating, Conceptual and Art Photography, Documentary Photography  
  Edward Echwalu   is a documentary photographer and...
Edward Echwalu is a documentary photographer and photojournalist with a decade's worth of experience. As a photojournalist, he has covered major events around Uganda and the continent principally covering health, conflict and development. He’s a current contributor to Everyday Africa, part of Everyday Projects. He emerged the 1st Runner Up in the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia, for his coverage of opposition protests in Uganda. Echwalu was also a winner of Uganda’s coveted Photojournalism prize, The Cranimer Mugerwa Photojournalism Award 2009.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography,
  James Oatway   is a South African photographer and the...
James Oatway is a South African photographer and the Senior Visuals Producer for Reuters in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is responsible for the agency’s photojournalism in Africa and helps coordinate video coverage on the continent. He grew up in Phalaborwa, a small copper mining town in Limpopo and graduated from Rhodes University in Makhanda with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2000. His work has revolved mainly around themes of social inequality and people affected by conflict. He is a former Chief Photographer and Picture Editor of the Sunday Times newspaper.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Videography, Editorial Photography
   Khona Dlamini         is currently the Market...
Khona Dlamini is currently the Market Photo Workshop’s manager for Programmes and Projects. She was previously the manager of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme for the same institution. Khona’s interest has been in youth development through nurturing creative talent. In her work, starting in 1999, her focus has been on using the arts as a medium to speak to issues pertaining to women, marginalised youth and as a skill that young people can use towards a sustainable career trajectory. She is currently one of the mentors for Women Photograph 2020.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Photography Education
  Liz Ikiriko   is a Tkaronto/Toronto-based, Nigerian...
Liz Ikiriko is a Tkaronto/Toronto-based, Nigerian Canadian artist and curator. Her role as an educator, maker, and mother informs her practice, which focuses on African and diasporic narratives. She is a part of the curatorial committee for the 13th Edition of Bamako Encounters, African Photography Biennale in Mali, West Africa and the Curator of Collections and Contemporary Engagement at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.

Key Words: Curating, Education, Contemporary Photography, Documentary Photography
  Martin Kharumwa   is a self-taught photographer whose...
Martin Kharumwa is a self-taught photographer whose career shift was prompted by winning the first ever Sony World Photography Award in 2008 for his abstract work.  Martin's work in and around East Africa has led to a vibrant career working for a range of clients from Stern Magazine, to Nike Foundation and The Girl Effect. More of an image maker than image taker, he has developed a bold and diverse body of work, often working with fashion designer/art director Gloria Wavamunno and 'Africa's Next Top Model' winner Amito Queen. He is also building a lasting footprint by supporting and training young photographers in the region and running the Converse Africa Project, a Tumblr blog dedicated to the brighter side of African life.  

Key Words: Conceptual Photography, Fine Art Photography, Fashion Photography
     Michelle Loukidis      received her photographic...
Michelle Loukidis received her photographic training at TUT in Tshwane. She worked as a highly successful wedding photographer for over 10 years. However, her keen interests in photographic development led her to the Market Photo Workshop, in Newtown, where she has trained and mentored young photographers for over 15 years. Many students have then gone on to receive important grants and mentorships through her guidance. Through this process she has also helped train photographers throughout the continent. In 2018, she co-founded Through The Lens Collective, which is a collaborative educational and developmental photographic space created by South African visual artists and educators who share a commitment to, and appreciation of, the photographic medium on the African continent.

Key Words: Photography Education, Visual Storytelling, Documentary Photography
   Nelly Ating    is a photojournalist who focuses...
Nelly Ating is a photojournalist who focuses on questions of identity, education, extremism, and migration. Her photographic work documenting the rise of Boko Haram terrorism between 2014 and 2020 in Northeast Nigeria shone a light on the intersections of extremism and the aftermath of conflict. She is currently a PhD student at Cardiff University, researching the discourse of human rights through photography.

Key Words: Documentary Photography

    Niamh Treacy    is the Coordinator for FORMAT...
Niamh Treacy is the Coordinator for FORMAT International Photography Festival, the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media based in Derby, UK. She has reviewed internationally for organisations such as Belfast Photography Festival, Uganda Press Photo and LCC and has juried open calls for FORMAT, UPPA, Zealous and the United Rugby Championship. Niamh is part of the FORMAT and QUAD curatorial team curating shows both internationally and nationally such as; un/natural, Lishui Photography Festival (2021), Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, QUAD (2021), #massisolationFORMAT, Derby Museum and Art Gallery (2021) among others. 

Key Words: Curating, Photography Festivals
  Paul Botes   is the picture editor of the Mail &...
Paul Botes is the picture editor of the Mail & Guardian in South Africa and has won numerous awards for his work. His work focuses primarily on issues of social justice and inequality. Paul has taught photography at The Market Photo Workshop and runs an intern programme that works regularly with students from a variety of schools from all over the world. He has been working on a long term “slow journalism” project with journalist Niren Tolsi which follows the aftermath of the 2012 Marikana massacre in South Africa.

Key Words: Editorial, Photojournalism, Documentary Photography
   Sarah Gilbert        is features picture editor...
Sarah Gilbert is features picture editor for the Guardian with over 20 years experience as an editor. Previously she was a picture editor at Conde Nast and the Guardian US Photo Editor. She has been a juror on a number of leading photography competitions, conducts portfolio reviews at international photo festivals and is a mentor on the Women Photograph programme. Her specific areas of interest include documentary and long-form photography, and she commissions portraits around the world and loves to encourage new talent.

Key Words: Newsroom, Picture Editing, Editorial, Commissions
   Sarah Waiswa    is a Ugandan-born, Kenya-based...
Sarah Waiswa is a Ugandan-born, Kenya-based documentary and portrait photographer with an interest in exploring the New African Identity on the continent. Sarah’s work explores social issues in Africa in a contemporary and non-traditional way. After winning prizes across multiple categories at the UPPA 2015, she has since won the Discovery Award in Arles, France, and the Gerald Kraak Award in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2018, she was named a Canon Brand Ambassador and was selected for the World Press Photo 6x6 Africa Program. Waiswa's photographs have been published in the Washington Post, and Bloomberg, among other publications.

Key Words: Portrait Photography Documentary Photography, Conceptual Photography 
   Steven Lee        is the founder director of...
Steven Lee is the founder director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards Portrait Prize, and co-founder of KL20x20 and EXPOSURE+ PHOTO festival in Malaysia. He has been an active supporter of photography education and personal development especially in South East Asia and has participated in portfolio reviews and workshops at several international photo festivals. Steven is keen to see work that has strong connections about local and personal issues from all over the world and believes in the inclusive and informative power of photography. Currently, Steven serves as a nominator for the 6x6 Global Talent Program at World Press Photo and Leica Oskar Barnack Awards.

Key Words: Documentary Photography, Visual Storytelling, Festivals and Exhibitions
   Thorsten Gerke   , born in 1977, grew up in northern...
Thorsten Gerke, born in 1977, grew up in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea. Before joining DER SPIEGEL as a picture editor in 2005, he worked as a freelance picture editor for various renowned publications. His focus lies in conceptualising and commissioning in the field of portrait, reportage and still-life photography with a narrative and humanistic focus for digital and print projects. In October 2022 he is going to join the picture desk at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).

Key Words: Picture Editing, Editorial, Visual Storytelling
  Uche Okpa-Iroha   is the Founder and Director of...
Uche Okpa-Iroha is the Founder and Director of Lagos-based informal photography school, The Nlele Institute. He is a founding member of the Nigerian photography group known as the Blackbox Photography Collective and a founding member of the Invisible Borders Trans-African photography travel group. He is a two - time winner of the Grand Prix Seydou Keita Award for the best photography creation at the 8th and 10th Bamako Encounters with the “Under Bridge Life” and "The Plantation Boy” projects. He also a recipient of the Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award by Center Santa Fe, New Mexico USA in 2022. Okpa-Iroha is an ex-resident and alumnus of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2011- 2012).

Key Words: Curating, Documentary, Photography Education
  Yasuyoshi Chiba   is AFP Chief Photographer currently...
Yasuyoshi Chiba is AFP Chief Photographer currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. He started working as a staff photographer for Japan's national newspaper Asahi Shimbun. In 2007, he moved to Kenya as a freelancer and joined AFP as a staff photographer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011. His works have been recognized with many photography awards including World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. In 2020 he was awarded World Press Photo Of The Year for his photographs of a young man reciting protest poetry during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan.

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Newsroom
  Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson   is currently senior editor...
Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson is currently senior editor for The Wider Image and special projects, working on in-depth multimedia stories. She also manages Reuters’ Yannis Behrakis photojournalism grant for young photographers. Gabrielle previously worked on Reuters UKI photo desk, as well as at the Sunday Times and the Times of London. She studied history at the School of African and Oriental Studies. (Photo credit: Olivia Harris)

Key Words: Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Editorial
portfolio | pɔːtˈfəʊlɪəʊ |

From the Italian portagogli and portefeuille, in French. The word has several meanings: the wallet in which identity papers and banknotes are kept; in the newspaper layout it’s a pull-out supplement (a certain number of pages) reserved for a sequence of images; it also serves to present a photographer’s work and give an idea of one’s capabilities. There is no need to put too much in- that could be boring and give the impression that you know how to do everything and ultimately nothing (very well). A portfolio must also be composed in relation to what is expected for the person who will see it: to get a commission or be taken on by a gallery. The high standards that go into selection for publication or to show work should not be overlooked. Nowadays there are fewer meetings in person and images travel on the Internet. The e-portfolio has been invented.
Frédérique Chapuis in “Just Ask! From Africa to Zeitgeist” (Ed. Simon Njami, Berlin, 2014), p. 135.

 Our first portfolio review in 2015 at the Uganda Museum...
Our first portfolio review in 2015 at the Uganda Museum in Kampala.


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