The Royal Photographic Society announces 2018 bursaries across still and moving image

 
Image by  Cebe Loomis , Postgraduate bursary winner 2017

Image by Cebe Loomis, Postgraduate bursary winner 2017

 

Let The RPS realise your photography dream…

The Royal Photographic Society has announced this year’s bursaries to help photographers and students alike develop, finance and realise projects across the still or moving image.

Recipients can use the funding for aspect such as travel, equipment, website or mounting an exhibition. Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive of The Royal Photographic Society, explains: “The Society’s bursary programme is an important part of our educational activities, allowing photographers to realise important and worthwhile projects. Many of those it has supported in the past have gone on to establish respected careers and the Society continues to support and maintain contact after those initial projects have been completed.”

2017 Postgraduate bursary winner, Cebe Loomis from Santa Cruz in the USA, explains: “Thanks to the Society I was given the opportunity to create a dynamic body of work that would greatly contribute to the professional field of photography including the funding of my fieldwork in Virginia City, Nevada, as well as begin designing the book that will soon house the complete project, Tailings. 

Being awarded this prestigious bursary has given me the resource to pursue my project to its fullest capacity. From travel support for months of fieldwork, to funding the purchasing and developing my 120mm and 35mm film, this bursary has been invaluable in a number of ways. Additionally, to have the encouragement of the Society is invigorating and I feel proud and inspired to continue creating and exploring the field of photography.”


Details for the 2018 bursaries are as follows:

Environmental Awareness Award

Two annual bursaries in partnership with The Photographic Angle -

£3000 towards a photographic project to support environmental awareness.

Applications close 29 May 2018.

 

Joan Wakelin Bursary

Annual bursary offered in partnership with The Guardian -

£2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.  Photo essay published in The Guardian and RPS Journal.

Applications close 18 May 2018.

 

RPS Postgraduate Bursary

Annual bursary of £3500 in support of a postgraduate student studying in the UK or abroad.

Applications close 29 June 2018.

 

RPS DepicT! Award

DepicT! challenges filmmakers on any budget from anywhere in the world to show their work in just 90 seconds. The RPS supports Main Award of £1500 and Cinematography Award of £1000. 

Applications close 2 July 2018.

 

All photography bursaries (excluding DepicT!) benefit from an additional £500 worth of equipment from Vanguard and the opportunity to have a portfolio printed by Metro Imaging.  All bursary projects will be published in the RPS Journal.

For more information about funding and bursaries please visit http://www.rps.org/learning/project-funding

For further press information including images and interview requests please contact Caroline Hook, Marketing & Communications Manager, on direct tel: (01225) 325 799 or email: caroline@rps.org 

Moving Photograd Forward

Last year I benefited a fair amount from Start East, an initiative local to me who provide business support in the form of workshops, seminars, and one-to-one meetings. Advice and guidance really motivated me to take the first step in making Photograd my job. Many of you might not know or realise, but Photograd is a one man team. It's something I had an idea for soon after graduating when realising I didn't want any old ordinary day job. Thoughts became words, which soon became this online platform and related social media channels. Photograd now has a big following; I'm overrun with emails and requests, and views are always growing, it's just a lack of income for my hard work at this time.

Oh, I also work two other jobs.

After my first one-to-one in December I knew exactly what I had to do to make this work. I created a survey just for those featured on Photograd since it launched in April 2016 in order for me to gauge what is wanted and needed in this industry. I promised I'd publish some results and here they are.


Of the roughly 120 featured graduates when the survey was created, 52 responded.

  • 59.6% don't currently sell their work, 40.4% do.
  • Work is generally sold after assignments, at exhibitions or art fairs/festivals, through websites, word-of-mouth, via online printing portals, during residencies, or through an agent.
  • Of those 52, 81.4% are looking to sell work in the future, with 14% possibly wanting to. 4.7% revealed that selling work isn't for them.
  • Of those 52, 50% have somewhat benefitted from Photograd, with 38.5% having definitely benefitted from the platform, and 11.5% suggest they've not benefitted at all.
  • 94.2% of those 52 would consider being part of opportunities provided by Photograd in the future.

"What support or resources do you think you need as a photographer?"

  • Exhibitions, portfolio reviews, feedback, features and promotion.
  • Commissions, project support, advice, workshops, both professional and peer networking opportunities.
  • Print sales and outlets to sell work, both online and physical opportunities.
  • Competitions, meet-ups and discussions, learning resources, marketing and sales skills.
  • Support with funding and bursaries, recommendations, and links within the industry.
  • Inspiration and motivation, and an online community.

"What are your goals in terms of making a career from photography?"

  • Exhibitions, marketing, journalism, editor, writing, interviews.
  • Take on commissions and residencies, enter competitions and opportunities, and collaborate.
  • Teaching, lecturing, assisting, and make contacts within the industry to move forward.
  • Gain respect, be established, achieve agency or gallery representation, and reach a wider audience.
  • To make more work and sell more work.

"What does Photograd mean to you?"

  • Networking and exposure opportunities.
  • Connect and be inspired by others.
  • Exploration into new genres of work.
  • A valuable community and support system.
  • Professional, accessible, needed, and useful.
  • A first step platform to launch graduate careers.
  • A boost.

"How has Photograd benefited your career?"

  • Exposure, publicity, reaching a wider audience, gives credibility to work.
  • Confidence and inspiration to continue creating new work and show others.
  • Features are often used on websites, CV's, and sent to others when applying for opportunities.
  • Meet like-minded people, grow online audience, put new ideas into words.
  • Be contacted by others working in the industry for further opportunities.

"What extra support would you like to receive from Photograd, if any?"

  • Exhibitions, online and offline community support. Industry connections.
  • Critiques, portfolio reviews, mentorship, workshops, events, talks.
  • More exposure, sharing of new work. Advice and guidance, feedback.
  • Opportunity links from other platforms; a 'what's on' newsletter.
  • Financial support, funding and grant resources.
  • A way of sharing work online with others for feedback. Professional and peer networking. More of a conversation between those featured.
  • A physical presence.

"What sort of opportunities would you like to see provided by Photograd?"

  • Exhibitions, collaborations, connections, talks.
  • Feedback, reviews, competitions, awards, internships.
  • Seminars, printed media opportunities, festivals, open calls, job connections.
  • Involve more industry experts.
  • An online store.
  • Introduction to industry professional; publishers, curators, galleries etc.

At the end of the survey I allowed featured graduates to leave any additional feedback and this section overflowed with very kinds words of appreciation, support, and encouragement. I can't express how much it all means to me.

I've been working extra hard already this year to provide new exciting opportunities for Photograd, most of which will allow me to finally pay myself.

Watch this space.

Melissa, at Photograd. Obligatory tea in hand.

Unveil'd Photobook Award 2017 - Submissions now open!

 
2016 winner | Blokovi | Lola Paprocka [UK]  Exhibition | Centrespace | Bristol | April 2018

2016 winner | Blokovi | Lola Paprocka [UK]

Exhibition | Centrespace | Bristol | April 2018

 

Unveil'd Photobook Award is an international competition with the aim to support and promote the publications of emerging and established photographers. 

Each submission is added to a permanent collection which is exhibited and viewable to the public at Unveil'd events. 

- The award is open to all photobooks, artist books, catalogues or zines 

- Submissions must be primarily based on photographic content 

- The date of publication must be after 31 October 2016

Unveil'd will work together with the winning photographer or author to produce a fully funded solo exhibition within our 2018/19 programme. The focus is to create a flexible environment that responds to the winner's practice and best supports the development of their work. 

A shortlist of five titles and one winner will be announced 5 February 2018.

About the Panel

Jessica Lennan | Unveil'd Photobook Lead, Lecturer & Co-director of artist's studio and exhibition space Dodo Photo

Robert Darch | Unveil'd Project Coordinator, Photographer, Educator & Co-director of Dodo Photo

Tom Coleman | Unveil'd Founding Director

Oliver Udy | Photographer, Lecturer & Publisher, Antler Press

Lola Paprocka | Unveil'd Photobook Award 2016 Winner & Publisher, Palm*

Introducing Gallery Six - A New Platform For Emerging Creatives

Photograd is dedicated to showing the work of photography graduates and so we're excited to let you in on a few details about a brand new creative space in London - Gallery Six. Below you'll find all the information you need to know about this exciting space. We're looking forward to start working on some brand new case studies for the Photograd blog in collaboration with some of the practising photographers who currently use Gallery Six.

The Old Truman Brewery has launched a new concept work space specifically for first year BA graduates. Gallery Six will be a hub for engagement, a space to develop personal projects and collaborate on in-house Truman briefs. Applications are open now for future tastemakers & forward thinking individuals who need an inspired environment to test ideas and want to be surrounded by likeminded creatives. Unlike any co-working spaces currently available, members of Gallery Six will share their time & skills in an active professional work space. Successful applicants will experience the lifeforce and development of live projects at one of London’s most innovative venues. 

Desks will be available on a 3 month basis free of charge, with an opportunity for Gallery Six occupants to integrate with Old Truman Brewery teams – Markets, Estates & Events. All applicants should be self-starters willing to jump in and lend a hand wherever needed. Day to day will vary greatly in typical Truman style – the space has been established to foster an environment where bold ideas can be enabled. Gallery Six is a springboard for graduates, offering an opportunity to apply skills to live projects at a professional level. 

Situated on the west side of the Old Truman Brewery, Gallery Six is flooded with natural light, and easily accessible from Liverpool St station & Shoreditch High Street. Taking up residency alongside long term tenants such as Wieden + Kennedy and DigitasLBi, Gallery Six is perfectly located within the East London creative community. Facilities include meeting areas, computers & printers, desk space, kitchen and wifi. Members will also get access to all onsite events such as Tent London, D&AD festival, Graduate Fashion Week. 

How to Apply: 

For Gallery Six memberships, applicants must submit a project or proposal that they are currently working on or hope to develop in the near future. Applications can be submitted via www.gallery-six.co.uk/apply

Please forward any enquiries to info@gallery-six.co.uk and be sure to let us know if you make an application!