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.
The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award is a new bursary award for emerging photographers in or from the UK, funding the completion of a photography project with a strong narrative aspect.
- a grant of £1,200
- a selection of images professionally printed by Metro Imaging and exhibited in London, March 2017
- one or more professional mentors to facilitate the project.
Applicants are asked to set out a compelling vision for a photography project which this award would allow them to complete, to exhibition-readiness, between 1 November 2016 and 1 March 2017.
The purpose of the award is to:
(i)provide a crucial ‘next step’ for photographers of exceptional talent, passion and initiative who are not yet earning a full living from photography; and
(ii)promote editorial or narrative photography as a tool both to document and effect social change.
The award intends to support work compatible with Rebecca’s professional values.
1.1 You must be either
(i) a UK national or
(ii) currently living and working in the UK.
1.2 You must be aged 18 years or over.
1.3 You must either
(i) hold a recognised professional qualification in photography (e.g. a university degree) and/or
(ii) 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
(i) in person (in London) or
(ii) 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 Criteria
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:
(i)already underway, but in need of further support in order to complete it; or
(ii)not yet begun, but achievable within the budget and timescale of this award.
4.1 Your submission must include 3 things:
(i)Your proposal (either a document, an audio file or a link to an audio / video hosting site)
(ii)Your CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) including details of two professional referees.
(iii)A PDF (no more than 15 MB) with eight examples of your photographic work. You may add a short caption / description for each image.
4.2 Please attach the Proposal, CV and PDF in an email to email@example.com
4.3 Your submission must include your address and phone number.
4.4 If you do not receive acknowledgment of entry within 5 working days, write a short note
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