Canon announces winners of photojournalism awards

Canon Central and North Africa has announced the winners of the ninth annual Uganda Press Photo Award and the third East African Photography Award.

The UPPA and EAPA recognises, celebrates, supports and promotes the best photojournalists and photographers in Uganda and wider East Africa.

This is the sixth year that Canon, through its Miraisha Programme, has been involved as the sole imaging partner of the awards. The programme aims to promote job opportunities and future livelihoods in Africa by sharing skillsets and knowledge for photographers, videographers and filmmakers.

Kuloba Peter Tera’s image, ‘Salt Famer,’ was chosen as the winning photograph of the Uganda Press Photo Award 2020. Tera is a freelance photographer living in Kampala. Last year, he took first and second place in the ‘People’ category for UPPA. He was given a professional-level Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR along with an EF 24-70mm lens along with other prizes.

He was a previous participant of the Miraisha programme and attended the Canon Miraisha Storytelling workshop in 2017.

In the East African Photography Award, open to citizens of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, the top prize went to Kenyan documentary photojournalist, Gordwin Odhiambo, for his story, ‘Reinventing and Adapting Through Coronavirus.’

Odhiambo went home with a Canon EOS RP with a 24-105mm lens and lens adapter.

Amine Djiouahra, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa, commented on this year’s awards, saying, “We are proud to have been involved for the past six years in these awards that provide a platform to recognise the best photojournalists and photographers in Uganda and wider East Africa. The entrants are making a remarkable contribution to African photography, freedom of information and the art of telling stories through visual imagery.”

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