Opportunity / 9 Jan 2020

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2020

Applications are through this online form which is open until 5pm on Friday, 27 March 2020.

Please note that this is an award for British photographers or photographers who are currently full-time resident in the UK. The award is for the creation of new photographic work.

What is it?

A £2000 cash bursary, plus additional benefits, for a professional photographer to undertake a narrative photography project in 2020.

The winner receives:

  • £2000 to cover all costs (including personal fee) for the project
  • Twenty 12×16 premier prints of the work, worth £1000 (or equivalent print order by agreement) from Metro Imaging plus lab tour and portfolio review with creative director Steve Macleod
  • Support from the Trust throughout the project, and promotion of your work through the Trust online channels
  • Travel expenses (within the UK) for project meetings in London with the Trust and Metro Imaging
  • Membership of Shutter Hub

Who can apply?

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, it means a working professional photographer, probably trained, with some experience, but who does not yet earn a full living wage from their preferred style of photographic work.

There is no age limitation and no requirement for art school or university education.

The trust warmly encourages photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds, those whose gender identity is non-binary, and those with disabilities.

Please note that they do not fund current undergraduates or full-time students on any course. They also do not fund work that forms part of a postgraduate degree.

What are they looking for?

The trust will fund a stills photography project that is either brand new, or in its earliest stages, and which you can undertake by the end of 2020. The Trust must be the primary funder of the project and we will not fund projects that are already well underway. Therefore, you should apply with a project of a suitable size for a £2000 bursary.

They’ve used the word ‘narrative’ to describe the kind of photography wthey want to fund. This is because what’s most important to us 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.

How to apply

Application is through an online form – click here to open it. To complete this form you will require a Google account. If you don’t have one, you will be prompted to create one (don’t worry, it’s free!).

On this form, you will be asked to answer some questions about you and your proposed project, to upload a PDF file with examples of your previous work, and to provide contact details for 2 referees.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 27 March 2020 at 5pm

If you feel you need help with your application or would like to informally discuss your idea with them before applying, please do get in touch with them.


For more information on applying, judging process and the small prints please go to this link here.