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


Michael James Ivins
College of the Holy Cross
Upward Climb
Best in Show
Campus Environment
Matt Stamey
Santa Fe College
1st place
Sport Features and Illustrations
Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson
Brigham Young University - BYU Photo
The First Snow
1st place
Student and Associate
Chelsea Purgahn
St. Edward's University
1st place
People and Portraits
Michael Pierce
Missouri S&T
Geothermal construction
1st place
News and College Life
Fred Zwicky
University of Illinois
Breaking down the defense
1st place
Sports Action
Matt Cashore
University of Notre Dame
Neural Pathways
1st place
Science and Research
Hunter Bomar
George Fox University
A Warm Moon
1st place
Personal Vision
Kelly Davidson
Berklee College of Music
The Dancer
1st place
General Features and Illustrations
Matt Cashore
University of Notre Dame
Winter Arrives
1st place
Campus Environment