Amateur Photography Competition

Wildlife, landscape, culture; are some of the words you simply couldn’t help hearing on the award evening of 9th December 2015, at the Urban by City Blue Hotel. We hosted our readers to a cocktail dinner to award the winners of the just concluded Amateur Photography Competition 2015.

Participants were expected to submit their entries through social media. The event kicked off at 7:00pm, with a cock-tail session by the poolside.

The night’s MC, Eric Walford, director of Uganda Ambulance set the ball rolling for the evening’s proceedings. The Expats in Uganda team, led by director, Grace Atuhaire, were introduced and they didn’t hide their excitement at the accelerating growth of the competition and guide alike.

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The first Amateur Photography compe-tition which was held in 2014, at about the same time, attracted over 50 sub-missions, and was based on public vote evidenced by the number likes for each photo on social media. This year’s selection, however, was done by a team of professional photographers who included, Brian Mcnurlin Bunt, Judd Irish Bradely, Mark Dudley, Peter Hogel, Matthias Mugisha, and Sherry Mckelvie.

A photo presentation of all entries was cast on the big screens before the finalists were announced and rewarded.

The Grand Prize was – a whole day Work Shop with the Judges – whereas other prizes included an iDROID Royale V4 smartphone, a MiFi Router all loaded with one year of data from Africell & a raffle draw by Hello Food and Elite Computers.

Among the entrants interviewed was Helen Reynolds, a photography enthusiast who has been in Uganda for the past two years. She submitted 3 entries, taken over River Nile in Jinja. She was excited to have her work awarded, and thanked the Expats in Uganda Guide for putting together such an initiative.We also caught up with Amanda Hasselberg, a Swedish accountant, who was there to represent her husband, Per Thyr. He had submitted 3 entries, which included one of a chimpanzee in Kabale, and Kampala by night.

The Amateur Photography Competition has since developed into an annual event so be sure to participate next time round. Details of it, and many more amazing events can be found on the ugandaexpatsguide.com, and its social media platforms.

For those of you that couldn’t make it to the awards, we present to you some of the submissions.