Our Mission

The Visual History of Higher Education

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.

2022 Competition Winners
Annual Photo Competition
Narrative Story (coming soon)

Why Attend the Symposium
2019 Symposium Video
Best Practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Michael Pierce
Missouri S&T
Mine rescue research
Science and Research
Ryan Riley
Iowa State University
Science and Research
Steven Bridges
University of Tennessee
Checking Out
General Features and Illustrations
Chamberlain Smith
University of Georgia
Snowing Confetti
Sport Features & Illustrations
Julia Schachinger
University of Michigan
Student and Associate
Jay Drowns
Utah Valley University
Sports Action
Carla Wehmeyer Wehmeyer
Arkansas State University
Howlidays at the Rooftop
Personal Vision
Alyssa Stone
Northeastern University
Morning light
Campus Environment
Jim Young
University of Illinois Chicago
News and College Life
Amanda Pitts
Grand Valley State Univeristy
People & Portraits