Time Repairer, UPPA 2016 @Miriam Namutebi

Ugandan Photographer Miriam Namutembi Offers Advice For Success In The Journalism Field

photo of Miriam Namutebi

I am proud to introduce Ugandan photographer Miriam Namutembi. In our series of interviews with notable and professional journalists, photojournalists and photographers living and working in Uganda, Miriam is the last one in this series for Cameras For Girls.

Miriam is young, bright, opinionated and knows what she wants out of life and does not let anything stop her. Coming from humble beginnings and winning the Uganda Press Photo Awards was a dream long held as a student attending the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, at Makerere University, in Uganda.

She never set out to be a photographer, but once she got her hands on her first camera, like many others, she was smitten. Being lucky to have supportive parents and include them in her journey was a significant part of her success. Miriam counts herself as one of the lucky ones as most females in the male-dominated society of Uganda are not always provided with an education, let alone the support to follow their dreams.

Combining her fine art and photography background helps set her craft apart. She won 2nd place in 2016 for her portrait of a watchmaker in Kampala and an honourable mention in 2016 for her photo of prison guards celebrating at an awards ceremony.

Miriam also spoke about her life-long fight with Vitiligo, a skin disorder. Through her documentation of this skin disorder, she has made life easier for others and herself and shed light in a country steeped in the belief that such things are to be shunned.

Miriam was not shy to give our girls in our Cameras For Girls program some advice. She said that just because one is born a female should not hinder them in their goals. She also said that working in journalism as a female, you need to work twice as hard to prove yourself and that you should never accept the word NO.

I am proud to introduce Ugandan photographer Miriam Namutembi. In our series of interviews with notable and professional journalists, photojournalists and photographers living and working in Uganda, Miriam is the last one in this series for Cameras For Girls.

Miriam is young, bright, opinionated and knows what she wants out of life and does not let anything stop her. Coming from humble beginnings and winning the Uganda Press Photo Awards was a dream long held as a student attending the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, at Makerere University, in Uganda.

She never set out to be a photographer, but once she got her hands on her first camera, like many others, she was smitten. Being lucky to have supportive parents and include them in her journey was a significant part of her success. Miriam counts herself as one of the lucky ones as most females in the male-dominated society of Uganda are not always provided with an education, let alone the support to follow their dreams.

Combining her fine art and photography background helps set her craft apart. She won 2nd place in 2016 for her portrait of a watchmaker in Kampala and an honourable mention in 2016 for her photo of prison guards celebrating at an awards ceremony.

Miriam also spoke about her life-long fight with Vitiligo, a skin disorder. Through her documentation of this skin disorder, she has made life easier for others and herself and shed light in a country steeped in the belief that such things are to be shunned.

Miriam was not shy to give our girls in our Cameras For Girls program some advice. She said that just because one is born a female should not hinder them in their goals. She also said that working in journalism as a female, you need to work twice as hard to prove yourself and that you should never accept the word NO.

Time Repairer, UPPA 2016 @Miriam Namutebi

Time Repairer, UPPA 2016 @Miriam Namutebi

A student at Makerere University living with Vitiligo @Miriam Namutebi

A student at Makerere University living with Vitiligo @Miriam Namutebi

Learn about Miriam Namutembi through our interview below or our Youtube channel.

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