Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2019

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award is now open for entries. Please note that this is an award for British photographers, or photographers currently resident in the UK. It is for the creation of new work.

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Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2019

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.

Submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project around ‘a human story we seldom see’.

Judges: Matthew Tucker (BBC News), Melanie Hough, curator at Getty Images, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly, ARTnews).

Entry deadline: 19th October 2018


•The award comprises a grant of £2,000 to complete a photography project, support from industry professionals, and a further £1,000-worth of premier printing at Metro Imaging.

In addition to the main winner, the Trust offers shortlisted candidates support-in-kind such as networking opportunities and online exhibition. The winner and up to two runners-up also receive membership of Shutter Hub.

Previous awards have been won by James Arthur Allen (2017) and Kirsty Mackay (2018). Allen used his award to travel to Israel, where he spent time documenting the little-known ethnic Circassian population. The resulting work has been exhibited in London, published in a limited-edition booklet and in the Calvert Journal, and shortlisted for the RPS International Photography Exhibition 161 and the 2018 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival Documentary Series Award.

Mackay is currently in Glasgow completing her award-winning project ‘The Fish That Never Swam’, exploring the relationship between health, housing and human lives in the city.

To apply at Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2019:

•A proposal
•Your CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) including two professional referees.
•A PDF (no more than 15 MB) with eight examples of your photographic work. You may add a short caption / description for each image.

Click here for more information on applying.


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