Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2016, UK

Publish Date: Sep 23, 2016

Deadline: Oct 07, 2016


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.

Please note that you must be aged over 18 years and class yourself as an ‘emerging photographer’, which usually means you are an early-mid career professional photographer but are not yet earning a full living from photography. You must either (i) have a recognised professional qualification in photography (e.g. university degree) and / or (ii) have undertaken at least two paid commissions. This award is not open to current students, and unlikely to apply to 2016 graduates. Please contact us if you are unsure about your eligibility. 


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.

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