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Uganda Press Photo Award taps Katie Simmonds as top judge for upcoming gala

KAMPALA – Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) confirmed that Katie Simmonds as the top judge in the upcoming 8th annual photography competition.

The revelation contained in a statement shared to this website on Friday, July 5, 2019.

Simmonds is a visual storyteller and a manager of Canon’s sustainability programme Miraisha which has trained and up-skilled many young African photographers.

She has developed the “train the trainer” programme which has already trained 20 local African visual storytellers to become professional educational trainers in the field of photography and film making.

Ms Simmonds who started her career working as a press photographer has collaborated and worked alongside countless reputable and awarding photo organizations in the industry including World Press Photo, Getty Images and many more.

She said that she is excited to review entrants’ portfolios and looks forward to finding a dynamic, diverse and talented young photographer who will help foster and strengthen the Ugandan photo community.

The winner will take home a professional camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, which will come with an EF 24-70mm lens, as well as the opportunity to showcase their work in our annual exhibition which features some of the best visual storytellers Uganda has to offer.

Prizes will also be awarded in all other categories.

Participants can submit their images (published or unpublished) to six varied categories: News, Daily Life, Environment, People, and Sports and Urban.

Over the past seven years, the UPPA created a platform where Ugandan photographers can connect with other professionals, locally and internationally, as well as exchange and learn varied photography styles and perspectives through different programmes.

The UPPA is organised with support from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Uganda and Canon Central and North Africa and other sponsors.

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