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


Aaron Daniel Cornia
Brigham Young University
Sprinter in the Rain
Best in Show
Sports Action
Fred Zwicky
University of Illinois
Gamma Ray Eclipse Man
1st place
People and Portraits
Glenn Carpenter
Moraine Valley Community College
Principal Violinist
1st place
General Features and Illustrations
Owen Withycombe
Full-time employee at Furman University
1st place
News and College Life
Jaren Wilkey
Brigham Young University
Temple Tulips
1st place
Campus Environment
Mike Christy
University of Arizona Athletics
1st place
Sports Action
Matthew Stamey
Santa Fe College
Where'd the sun go?
1st place
Personal Vision
Ryan Riley
Iowa State University
Flight Studies
1st place
Science and Research
Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson
Brigham Young University - BYU Photo
1st place
Student and Associate
Chris Meyer
Indiana University
1st place
Sport Features and Illustrations