The Rebecca Vassie Trust supports emerging and mid-career photographers in the UK. Through our bursary awards, we fund new work documenting lesser-known peoples and communities: human stories we seldom see.
The Trust was set up following the tragic death of the British photographer and photojournalist Rebecca Vassie, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in 2015.
In 2016 we awarded the first Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award – a grant of £1,200 plus professional mentorship and printing at Metro Imaging. Our first winner, James Arthur Allen, has recently returned from Israel where he spent time among the little-known ethnic Circassian population. Applications for our second award will open mid-June 2017.
- Adam Barnard. Adam is a playwright, theatre director and journalist. He was previously joint chief executive of Company of Angels (now Boundless Theatre), a UK charity which (among other things) disbursed bursary grants to up-and-coming theatremakers. As a journalist, he has written for The Times and The Guardian.
- Ben Bird. Ben studied photography at UCA Rochester alongside Beccy. His work has been exhibited at the Turner Contemporary, Margate; Royal Collage of Art, London; and Art Language Location festival, Cambridge. Ben also works in a F.E. college as a technician and occasional photography tutor. http://www.benbirdphoto.com
- Thorbjørn Tellefsen. Thorbjørn studied photography at UCA Rochester alongside Beccy. He was previously an Editorial Product Specialist at Getty Images, and now works as a Business Development Manager for Agence France-Presse (AFP). Thorbjørn has also been involved with the Renaissance Photography Prize for several years.
- Janet Vassie. Beccy’s mum. Former administrator at a UK solicitors firm, and current owner of Janet Botanics and Peaceful Warrior – a yoga school and aromatherapy practice – based in Spain and the UK.
- Kelly Vassie. Beccy’s sister. Kelly is about to embark an interdisciplinary PhD in philosophy of science and arts practice at UCL. Previously, Kelly worked in theatre as a stage designer, including productions at the Arcola, Finborough, and BAC in London; the Minack Theatre, Cornwall and Norden Arts Centre, Surrey. She also has experience working for education charities and NGOs.