HIPA Instagram Competition update – and a “lesson” from children to all of us

Yesterday I’ve received the news that one of my photos from Uganda has been selected as a winner in the HIPA Instagram Competition.   I was overwhelmed and still am. After the initial comforting feelings, that were like “Holy sh!t!”, I’ve been thinking about the moment when I captured this image and decided to write a blog post. Whenever I’m applying to a photo competition and I’m carefully selecting the photos I’d like to submit, there are many things I’m considering. Does this image tells something? Does it convey emotions? Does / can it move the viewer in any way? …

Glowing little eyes in the dark

During my stay in Eastern-Uganda I had the chance to visit a small, rural orphanage. The St Kizito Babies home is in Mbale district and currently houses about 40¬†children between 0 and 5 year-old. The institution was established in 1968 by the Mill Hill missionaries. Children are looked after by nuns and social workers who work very long hours every day to make sure each and every child receive the same amount of care and love. As a parent (father of a beautiful 2 year-old girl) I had very strong and mixed feelings during those hours spent in the orphanage. …

Back from Uganda

My brief journey to Uganda is over and I’m overwhelmed by what I experienced there. I joined a humanitarian (medical) mission in Mbale district, close to the Kenyan border. A small team of doctors volunteered to help diagnose and treat locals for 3 weeks (they are still there) and I documented their work. I have also hiked a bit in the nearby Mount Elgon National park and visited a local coffee plantation which was¬†breathtaking.   I will upload a reportage on the medical mission soon to my portfolio and also another one on a local orphanage which I’ve visited. I’m …