Rebecca Vassie Trust

Special preview – Adiga: Circassians in Israel

Special preview – Adiga: Circassians in Israel. A collection by James Arthur Allen. Winner of the 2016 Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award.

“One of the first stateless people in modern history, the Circassians of Israel are unique in retaining their traditions and identity while being among the only Muslims serving in the Israel Defense Forces. This project explores and documents an ancient nation and its place in the modern world.”

Nurdin Shubash, Adiga, Circassians in Israel

Gali Aviv, Adiga, Circassians in Israel

Armby Nash & Yahya Khoran, Adiga, Circassians in Israel

Andy Napso, Adiga, Circassians in Israel

Shina Nash & Rustam Apsha

Anisa & Enas Labay, Adiga, Circassians in Isreal

Anisia Nash, Adiga, Circassians in Israel


James is in the final stages of preparing the Adiga project for print. He has been mentored by Bette Lynch, Director of Photography, news, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Getty Images, who was also part of the judging process. The work will be printed at Metro Imaging, print partner to the award, and will be exhibited for the first time in December 2017.


James Arthur Allen studied Press and Editorial Photography at University College Falmouth, graduating in 2012. His work was selected for the ‘Best emerging graduate talent’ feature in the British Journal of Photography, and has appeared in numerous publications including the Financial Times Magazine, Huck Magazine and the Guardian. He has completed commissions for the Rory Peck Trust, and currently lectures on the BA Photography course at Bath Spa University. He has a long-term interest in the peoples of the Caucuses and has previously documented ethnic groups in Georgia and Abkhazia.

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