DeLovie Kwagala is a non-binary queer, They/Them/Theirs; self-taught photographer and social activist from Kampala, Uganda, and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their work explores narratives around Identity, Belonging, Social Injustices, and Gender-Sexuality with the intent to not sexualize, fetishize or stigmatize; inspired by their experience and those of others. DeLovie is a current WomenPhotograph Mentee and Market Photo Workshop student pursuing Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme.
Other achievements include; the Tierney Fellowship 2021 Grant, CAP PRIZE 2021 shortlisted photographer, published by the Guardian, and the Washington Post, International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) gender justice reporting fellow, and World Press Photo 6x6 Global talent 2020 nominee. They have won the African Photographers Residency 2021 with F2Foto Festival in Dortmund, Germany, New Generation Honorable mention from the PH Museum 2021 grants, and are featured as 1 of 10 black women photographers to watch in 2021 by PH Museum. They received a special mention at the 2020 Single Images Pride Photo Award. They have works showing at the World Press Photo & APJD Oldenburg, Germany (2021), Festival de Fotografia, São Paulo (2021), Looks Like Us, Toronto (2021) among others.
They have worked with Facebook, UNICEF, and many NGOs in Uganda and internationally. They have participated in panels including Women Voices Through the Lens and African Youth in The News by the World Press Photo and the Market Photo Workshop in 2020, African Photography Conversations on Portraiture hosted by the CAP Prize, among others. They have contributed to the online safety training for Journalists’ sessions co-ordinated by the Knight Centre for Journalism at the University of Texas, Austin, IWMF, and UNESCO, DeLovie aspires for their images to evoke relatability, a sense of learning, and unlearning what we thought we knew beyond ‘the obvious visual’. They want to provoke questioning and defiance of the stereotypical narratives that are embedded in our minds, especially about beauty and gender identity antithetical to patriarchal beliefs.
– let the world embrace you as you are, regardless -