About

The Rebecca Vassie Trust is a charitable organisation supporting the art of long-form narrative photography, and promoting education in photography for both emerging professionals and the broader public.

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. The Trust is inspired by the drive Beccy had to capture under-represented human stories and her struggle to get the work she saw as important into the public arena. We provide platforms and support to make and share new work, from new perspectives, on important human issues, while developing practitioners’ craft and public appreciation.

Through the annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award we fund a new photo essay every year. Funded projects have explored an Islamic minority in Israel, social deprivation in Glasgow and the role of therapy in post-genocide Rwanda. Information about the next award will be available in summer 2019.

Applicants who have been longlisted for our Memorial Award are invited to join our Development Network, where they gain access to seed funding to develop new ideas and small grants to support training and craft development. We also fund a growing programme of workshops where members of our network share narrative photography skills with the community.

Meanwhile the Trust showcases new work online, through social media, in exhibitions and in print, and shares information on other opportunities widely on our website, through social media and through our newsletter.

Articles about the Trust can be found in The British Journal of Photography, The Times and BBC News.

The work of the Trust is funded through donations, sponsored activity and print salesRead more about our Trustees here.

000052from The Fish That Never Swam by Kirsty Mackay, winner of 2018 Memorial Award

You can see recently previewed work on our blog or follow us on Instagram to catch our latest artist takeover.

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Next week Ethan Beswick will take over our Instagram account. The landscape and its occupiers are intrinsically linked. Our surroundings, both natural and built, act as a framework from which we construct our social identity. This relationship, between the environment and the people within it, is the primary focus of his practice. Prior to studying Photojournalism at Swansea College of Art, Beswick trained as a quantity surveyor, which has given his a unique insight into the built environment, architecture, and the impact of materials used to sculpt the world we live in. This fascination drives him to delve deeper into the psychological consequences of urbanisation and globalisation. #photography #vassietrusttakeover #takeover #documentaryphotography

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