The Visual History of Higher Education


Our Mission

The UPAA is an international organization of college and university photographers dedicated to the application and practice of photography as it relates to higher education.


Our organization is committed to photographic excellence through continuing education and networking with our professional colleagues.                        
Founded November 12, 1961 by a group of New England photographers, UPAA has expanded to include members from 2-year, 4-year, public and private universities and colleges from nearly every state, Canada, Israel, Australia, Grenada, and Europe. The UPAA represents the very best in Higher Education photography.


2024 Utah Symposium
June 24-27, 2024


2023 Competition Winners


2023 Contact Sheet              
Why Attend the Symposium
Best Practices for Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion


Bradley Pearce
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Morning Surf
Best in Show
General Features and Illustrations
Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson
Brigham Young University - BYU Photo
The Hollow
1st place
Student and Associate
Sam Craft
Texas A&M AgriLife
Air Support
1st place
General Features and Illustrations
Benjamin Zack
Weber State University
Cheer W
1st place
Sport Features and Illustrations
Matthew Modoono
Northeastern University
Major General Salvatore Cambria
1st place
People and Portraits
Steven Bridges
University of Tennessee
Grass Research
1st place
Science and Research
Mike Christy
University of Arizona Athletics
Stick It
1st place
Sports Action
Jason A Halley
California State University, Chico
Mow Row
1st place
News and College Life
Justin Rex
Texas Tech University
Spring sunrise
1st place
Campus Environment
Hunter Bomar
George Fox University
Forbidden Love
1st place
Personal Vision