Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award opportunity for photographers…


The Rebecca Vassie Trust supports early-to-mid-career photographers in the UK through bursary awards, which fund new work documenting lesser-known peoples and communities. 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.

The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2017 is now open for applications. The award offers 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.

The Trust works with the award recipient to organise public and industry exposure of the resulting work, such as exhibition or publication. As well as a winner, the Trust may award one or more runners-up, to whom they will offer support-in-kind, such as networking opportunities and online exhibition. Winner and runners-up receive membership of Shutter Hub.

The Trust funds 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. The Trust’s goal is to give emerging talent a platform to showcase new work, which in turn gives voice to unheard human stories.

Judges include: Karen McQuaid, senior curator at the Photographers’ Gallery; Matthew Tucker, UK picture editor at BuzzFeed; Professor Steve Macleod, photographer and creative director at Metro Imaging; Jennifer Thatcher, curator and photography critic (Art Monthly, ARTnews).

How to apply: Full submission information at

Deadline for applications is Monday 2 October 2017 at 5pm.


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