The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award is an annual bursary award for emerging photographers in the UK, worth £3,000.
The award: £2,000 to undertake a narrative photography project with a social or political context; approx. £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging; support from the Trust towards public and industry exposure of the work; membership of Shutter Hub.
How to apply: Full submission information at www.rebeccavassietrust.org
Judges include: Caroline Hunter (Guardian), Phil Coomes (BBC) and Jennifer Thatcher (critic and curator).
The award is open to photographers who are either (i) UK citizens or (ii) currently resident in the UK.
The award is for photographers at early-to-mid career stage. By this we mean a working professional photographer, probably trained, with strong and relevant experience – but who does not yet earn a full living wage from their preferred style of photographic work.
The award will fund a stills photography project that is either brand new, or in its earliest stages. The Trust must be the primary funder of the project and they will not fund projects that are already well underway. They do not fund exhibitions or photobooks of existing work.
They use the word ‘narrative’ to describe the kind of photography they want to fund. This is because what’s most important to them is to tell human stories within a social or political context. While this is often approached through documentary photography or photojournalism, they are also open to photographers who work across genres such as fine art or portraiture.