Titled ‘The Fish That Never Swam’ – a reference to Glasgow’s coat of arms. Kirsty’s project investigates the ‘Glasgow Effect’ – the term given to the disparity in health and life expectancy in the city compared to UK averages.
Kirsty Mackay, The Fish That Never Swam (2018)
Two applications were highly commended: Dan Burwood for a proposal exploring the complex status of ‘Zambrano’ families, where a single parent born outside the EU has sole responsibility for a child who is a UK citizen; and Kate Stanworth for a proposal following the ‘murga’ street dancers in Argentina.
Dan Burwood Festival of the Cross, Syria (2009)
Kate Stanworth, Emiliano (2017)
Judges for the award included Karen McQuaid (senior curator, Photographers’ Gallery), Matthew Tucker (BBC news), critic and curator Jennifer Thatcher, photographer Ben Bird and Janet Vassie, Rebecca’s mother. The judges were impressed by Mackay’s strong personal connection to the story and her depth of insight.
See coverage of Kirsty’s award win on BBC News.
Applications for the third Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award are now open.