We're very excited to bring you news of the second Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award which launched this week. We covered the first award last year and were very pleased to hear the award went to one of our very own featured graduates, James Allen. We're looking forward to finding out more about James' new body of work soon.
Submissions open for second annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, photography bursary worth £2,400.
The award comprises a bursary of £1,250 for an early-career photographer in the UK to complete a photography project, plus £1,150-worth of printing at Metro Imaging and support towards industry and public exposure.
Judges for the award include Karen McQuaid, senior curator at the Photographersʼ Gallery, Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed, Professor Steve Macleod, photographer and creative director at Metro Imaging, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly, ARTnews).
The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.
Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project around ʻa human story we seldom seeʼ. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 2 October 2017 at 1700 BST.
Last yearʼs winner, James Arthur Allen, has recently returned from Israel where he spent time among the little-known ethnic Circassian population. The Israeli Circassians are at once strongly protective of their heritage, and closely 1 of 4 integrated into Israeli society; they are among the only Muslims in the Israel Defense Forces. The resulting photography set, ʻAdiga: Circassians in Israelʼ, will be exhibited by the Trust at The Tabernacle Gallery, in Londonʼs Notting Hill, 11-17 December 2017. The work will also feature in an Instagram takeover for The Photographersʼ Galleryʼs next week (24-29 July) ‒ www.instagram.com/thephotographersgallery.
James Arthur Allen said: “Winning the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award has enabled me to take an idea and realise it as a formed project. The Trust has been supportive at every stage, and the experience has been hugely beneficial. Since winning the inaugural award, many more doors have opened and led to further opportunities to develop my career.”