We’re delighted to announce that the fifth Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for emerging photographers is open for applications, with a submission deadline of Friday, 8 April 2022.
Our award, which funds an early-career photographer in the UK to undertake a narrative photography project, includes a cash bursary of £2,000, one-to-one mentorship plus £500 print credit from the wonderful Metro Imaging and free membership of ShutterHub. We also provide the winner with support towards industry and public exposure.
In addition, up to twelve longlisted applicants join our Development Network, which offers smaller grants towards educational projects and professional development throughout the year.
Judges for the award include Caroline Hunter (picture editor, Saturday Guardian magazine), Phil Coomes (picture editor, BBC News Online) and Jennifer Thatcher (critic, curator and lecturer).
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, 8 April 2022.
Previous awards have been won by projects exploring an Islamic community in Israel, health and housing in Glasgow, therapy for survivors of the Rwandan genocide and defying stereotypes of what it is to be older.
The Trust offers shortlisted candidates additional support-in-kind such as networking opportunities and online exhibition.