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


Jay Drowns
Utah Valley University
Taking a Leap
Best in Show
Sports Action
Craig Chandler
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Space Corn
1st place
Science and Research
Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson
Brigham Young University - BYU Photo
The Sky’s the Limit
1st place
Student and Associate
Kendra Stanley-Mills
Grand Valley State University
1st place
News and College Life
Sam Craft
Texas A&M AgriLife
Reflections Gator and Dragonfly
1st place
General Features and Illustrations
Brian Powers Brian Powers
The University of Georgia Terry College of Business
Olympic Business
1st place
Sport Features and Illustrations
Sam O'Keefe
University of Missouri
Gothic Harvest
1st place
Campus Environment
Brian Powers Brian Powers
The University of Georgia Terry College of Business
Shadow Cyclists
1st place
Personal Vision
Chamberlain Smith
University of Georgia
Georgia on My Mind
1st place
Photo Essay
Aaron Daniel Cornia
Brigham Young University
Sprinter in the Rain
1st place
Sports Action
Steven Bridges
University of Tennessee
Light From Above
1st place
People and Portraits