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 December 2019 we announced Chrystal Ding as the winner of our third annual award, for her project Attention Must Be Paid, a photographic series about survivors of the Rwandan genocide undergoing therapy.

Our first two awards were won by James Arthur Allen, who spent time in Israel documenting the little-known ethnic Circassian population, and Kirsty Mackay, who is currently completing her project exploring the ‘Glasgow Effect’ – the disparity in health and life expectancy between Glasgow and the rest of Britain.

See articles about the Trust in The British Journal of Photography, The Times and BBC News.

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

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