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 

Ryan Riley
Iowa State University
Fire Moon
Campus Environment
Bradley Pearce
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Pitcher Plant Finds A Friend
Personal Vision
A.J. Olnes
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Eye on the Prize
Sports Action
Nate Edwards
Brigham Young University
Battle for Atlantis
Sport Features & Illustrations
Craig Chandler
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Exploded View Engineer
People & Portraits
Amanda Pitts
Grand Valley State Univeristy
The Colors of Autumn Campus
Campus Environment
Becca Schwartz
University of Las Vegas Nevada
General Features and Illustrations
Fred Zwicky
University of Illinois
Swirl of Color
News and College Life
Craig Chandler
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Semi & Swirls
Science and Research
Russell Watson
Southern Virginia University
Virginia's Orange Ridge Parkway
Student and Associate