Rebecca Vassie Awards

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Submissions are  now open for second annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, photography bursary worth £2,400.


The award comprises a bursary of £1,250 for an early-career photographer in the UK to complete a photography project, plus £1,150-worth of printing at Metro Imaging and support towards industry and public exposure. Judges for the award 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, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly, ARTnews).

The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.

Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project around ‘a human story we seldom see’.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 2 October 2017 at 1700 BST.

Last year’s winner, James Arthur Allen, has recently returned from Israel where he spent time among the little-known ethnic Circassian population. The Israeli Circassians are at once strongly protective of their heritage, and closely integrated into Israeli society; they are among the only Muslims in the Israel Defense Forces. The resulting photography set, ‘Adiga: Circassians in Israel’, will be exhibited by the Trust at The Tabernacle Gallery, in London’s Notting Hill, 11-17 December 2017. The work will also feature in an Instagram takeover for The Photographers’ Gallery’s next week (24-29 July) ‒ thephotographersgallery.

James Arthur Allen said: “Winning the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award has enabled me to take an idea and realise it as a formed project. The Trust has been supportive at every stage, and the experience has been hugely beneficial. Since winning the inaugural award, many more doors have opened and led to further opportunities to develop my career.” In addition to the main winner, the Trust offers shortlisted candidates support-inkind such as networking opportunities and online exhibition. The winner and any runners-up gain membership of online photography community Shutter Hub.

The Trust is funded through the sale of prints of Rebecca’s photographs, plus private donations and fundraising activities.

Twitter: @vassietrust    Instagram: VassieTrust


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