Award 2017

The 2017 Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award has been won by Kirsty Mackay – read more here.

Applications for the 2017 Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award are now closed. Our next award will open in spring 2018.

What we offer. A grant of £1,250 to complete a photography project, support from industry professionals, plus a further £1,150-worth of premier printing at Metro Imaging.
We work with the award recipient to organise public and industry exposure of the resulting work, such as exhibition or publication. As well as a winner, we may award one or more runners-up, to whom we will offer support-in-kind, such as networking opportunities and online exhibition. Winner and runners-up receive membership of Shutter Hub.

What we fund. We fund work with emphasis on people and communities; projects that show stories and lives we don’t often see, making visible the everyday, marginalised or oppressed. Our goal is to give emerging talent a platform to showcase new work, which in turn gives voice to unheard human stories.

Who we support. We support early-to-mid career photographers in or from the UK, with multiple credits and excellent portfolios, who are working professionally but not yet earning a full living from this kind of photography. This excludes BA (undergraduate) students and 2017 graduates. The bursary is open to photographers across a range of disciplines, from editorial to fine art. We warmly encourage applicants of all backgrounds and identities.

How we decide. Applications are reviewed by trustees, who form a longlist which is passed to our judges. Judges review the longlist and create a shortlist of around six, who are called to interview. The Trust intends to support work compatible with Rebecca’s professional values – applicants are encouraged to explore her work, and the work of 2016 winner James Arthur Allen.

   Professor Steve Macleod (Photographer; Creative Director of Metro Imaging)
   Karen McQuaid (Senior Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery)
   Jennifer Thatcher (Critic (Art Monthly, ARTnews); curator; former senior lecturer at UCA Rochester)
   Matthew Tucker (Broadcast Journalist, Pictures, BBC News)
   Ben Bird (Photographer and photography tutor; trustee of Rebecca Vassie Trust)
   Janet Vassie (Rebecca’s mother; trustee of Rebecca Vassie Trust)


The deadline for applications was Monday, 2 October 2017 at 5pm (UK time).


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