This year’s Uganda Press Photo Awards winners have been announced, and seven finalists out of a long list of 130 photographers who entered the competition won the respective categories (creative, daily life, nature, news, portrait, sport and story).

Over 1000 images were submitted and Siraj Muyingo’s striking photograph was chosen the overall best image (Grand Prize). The winner’s exhibition will be on display until December 10th at the Uganda Museum in Kampala.

Muyingo’s coloured photograph entitled Sheltered, which also won the portrait category is an image of Zephaniah, a 12-year old boy working at the family farm in Butaleja in eastern Uganda. Scaring off birds at farms is a full time job for many children who do not go to school.

Muyingo received a Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera as the overall winner.

The winners were selected by the jury, which this year consisted of six prominent photographers, and curators including Frédérick Noy, Carl de Souza, Neo Ntsoma, Katrin Peters-Klaphake, Annette Sebba and Jide Adeniyi-Jones.

The Uganda Press Photo Award is a platform for people interested in photography, and anyone seeking to record the visual history of this country, to showcase their craft.

The award aims to promote the best of today’s photojournalism in Uganda as well as encouraging a new generation of photographers, and seeks to remind the viewing public of the importance of a vibrant press for democratic development.

The award is a brainchild of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

We publish the photographs of this year’s grand prize and category winners (creative, daily life, nature, news, portrait, sport and story).

Portrait category finalists:

Second place: Time Repairer-Miriam Namutebi

A man repairs a watch with the aide of a magnifying glass held using his eye. Photo by Miriam Namutebi.

A man repairs a watch with the aide of a magnifying glass held using his eye. Photo by Miriam Namutebi.

Third place: The Wild Fire-Lamic Kirabo

Third place: The Wild Fire Photo: Uganda Press Photo/Lamic Kirabo

Third place: The Wild Fire Photo: Uganda Press Photo/Lamic Kirabo

Honourable mention: Hope Through The Lens-Richard Abima

Honourable mention: Hope Through The Lens. Photo: Uganda Press Photo/ Richard Abima

Honourable mention: Hope Through The Lens. Photo: Uganda Press Photo/ Richard Abima