Applications are now open for the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award.
The award is a £1,200 bursary, plus printing, exhibition and mentorship, for an emerging photographer in or from the UK to complete a narrative photography project with a strong social or political context.
Judges include Karen McQuaid, curator at the Photographers’ Gallery; Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed; and Bette Lynch, Director of Photography, news, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Getty Images.
Metro Imaging, our print partner, will provide premier printing services as well as a portfolio review with creative director Prof. Steve Macleod.
Applicants are asked to set out a compelling vision for a photography project which this award would allow them to complete, to exhibition-readiness, by March 2017. The closing date for submissions is Friday 7 October, 2016, 5pm BST.
1.1 You must be either
- a UK national or
- currently living and working in the UK.
1.2 You must be aged 18 years or over.
1.3 You must either
- hold a recognised professional qualification in photography (e.g. a university degree) and/or
- have undertaken at least two paid photography commissions.
1.4 You should class yourself as an ‘emerging photographer’, which usually means you are not yet earning a full living from photography.
1.5 You must be available for interview, either
- in person (in London) or
- by Skype, on Saturday 29 October 2016.
1.6 You must be available to attend a private view and award ceremony in London on 9 or 10 March 2017.
2.1 Please propose a ‘narrative photography’ project. To us, this means photographic or photojournalistic work with some implied editorial aspect. It is a broad term. But in short: the result should be a series of new photographs which tell a human story. We won’t support – for example – still life, nature or astrological photography that does not have a social or political context.
- 2.2 Your project can be either: already underway, but in need of further support in order to complete it; or
- not yet begun, but achievable within the budget and timescale of this award.
For more information click "Further official information" below.