Submissions open for third annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, photography bursary worth more than £3,000

Deadline: 19 October 2018

Who can apply: An early-to-mid-career photographer in or from the UK

The award: £2,000 to undertake a narrative photography project with a social or political context; approx. £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging; support from the Trust towards public and industry exposure of the work; membership of Shutter Hub.

How to apply: Full submission information at www.rebeccavassietrust.org

Judges include: Matthew Tucker (BBC News); Melanie Hough (Getty Images); Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly).


The Rebecca Vassie Trust today announces the third annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for emerging photographers ‒ with the cash bursary increasing this year from £1,250 to £2,000.

In addition to the cash, which funds an early-career photographer in the UK to undertake a narrative photography project, the winner receives more than £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging plus support towards industry and public exposure.

Judges for the award include Matthew Tucker (BBC News), Melanie Hough, curator at Getty Images, 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 narrative photography project with a social or political context. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 19 October 2018.

Previous awards have been won by James Arthur Allen (2017) and Kirsty Mackay (2018). Allen used his award to travel to Israel, where he spent time documenting the little-known ethnic Circassian population. The resulting work has been exhibited in London, published in a limited-edition booklet and in the Calvert Journal, and shortlisted for the RPS International Photography Exhibition 161 and the 2018 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival Documentary Series Award.

Mackay is currently in Glasgow completing her award-winning project The Fish That Never Swam, exploring the relationship between health, housing and human lives in the city.

In addition to the main winner, the Trust offers shortlisted candidates support-inkind such as networking opportunities and online exhibition. The winner and up to two runners-up also receive membership of Shutter Hub.

Kelly Vassie, a trustee of the charity and the sister of Rebecca, said: “We have been able to increase the cash portion of the award this year thanks to the fundraising efforts and generosity of our supporters. We especially want to acknowledge the incredible effort of our 2018 London Marathon charity runner Rebecca Moore.

“As we enter the third year of the award, we’re hugely excited to see a fresh wave of compelling ideas.”

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From the series  Adiga: Circassians in Israel  by James Arthur Allen

From the series Adiga: Circassians in Israel by James Arthur Allen

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2017

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.

 
 

Find out more about entering your work here.

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.

Rebecca Vassie -  Factory, Pyestock

Rebecca Vassie - Factory, Pyestock

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 -  Adiga- Circassians In Israel  (2017)

James Arthur Allen - Adiga- Circassians In Israel (2017)

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.”

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