ABOUTFOTEA was established in 2016 to provide a central point for the support, management, and funding of a growing range of photographic projects. These include the Uganda Press Photo Award, the East African Photography Award, the Young Photographers’ Award, and the Young Photographer Mentorship Programme. Alongside this FOTEA also organizes photography and video workshops, portfolio reviews, public discussions, exhibitions, and film screenings. Through this work, we are committed to building a networked photographic community in East Africa.
Outside of the UPPA, FOTEA focuses on visual education and works with students and early-career professionals, and engages them as partners, encouraging them to look beyond the boundaries of the established media ecosystem and to develop ideas and approaches which address issues which they’re passionate about through photography.
We believe that our collaborators have the right to shape and diversify the narratives of their societies, countries, and continent and that by equipping them with the tools to critically engage with the wider world we help them to build better futures. We also firmly believe in the downstream benefits of visual literacy and the essential nature of good visual education. People who can’t read images will always struggle to engage critically with them, and good journalism is as much about how it’s read as to how it’s written.
Through all of this FOTEA strives to bring together photographers, visual storytellers, and artists and encourage unique voices that document and engage with and reflect on social change.
Our vision is to make photography and photographic education accessible to everyone, to ensure that they have the rights and tools to tell their own stories, and to promote the work of photographers from Uganda and East Africa nationally, regionally, and internationally.
Our mission is to offer a truly supportive platform for photographers in East Africa and, through that platform, to create opportunities for people to connect, learn, and grow. We provide photographic and visual literacy education and organize competitions, exhibitions, and other lens-based media-related activities.