The Rebecca Vassie Trust supports early-to-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 to James Arthur Allen. James spent time in Israel earlier this year documenting the little-known ethnic Circassian population. An exhibition of this work was shown at the Tabernacle in London in December 2017.

Our second award was won by Kirsty Mackay for her project exploring the ‘Glasgow Effect’ – the disparity in health and life expectancy between Glasgow and the rest of Britain.

See articles covering the launch of the Trust in The British Journal of PhotographyShutterhub, Photograd, PhotoAid and DOC! Photo Magazine.

See an article by trustee Adam Barnard in The Times about losing Beccy and starting the Trust.

The work of the Trust is funded through donations, sponsored activity and print sales.

Read more about our Trustees.