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The Royal Photographic Society Bursaries in Partnership with TheAppWhisperer


I am truly delighted to be working closer with The Royal Photographic Society (The RPS). Founded in 1853, for more than a century The RPS has existed to promote photography and image-making and to support photographers in realising their potential, irrespective of their level of knowledge, equipment or skills.  The Society also acts as a public advocate for photography and photographers. The RPS produces a range of publications. The Journal (I have written in the past for this title) is the world’s oldest photography magazine and all members receive a free monthly copy of the latest issue.

The RPS have just announced four new bursaries to help students and other photographers to realise projects across the still and moving image. Recipients can use the funding for any aspect including travel, equipment, website or mounting an exhibition.

The bursaries consist of:

 Environmental Awareness Project Funding – £6,000

The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle offers two, one-year bursaries to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness. Anyone can apply who lives or studies in the United Kingdom with an interest in documentary/editorial/creative photography and the environmental concerns that we face today.

The two awards are available for applicants aged between 16-30 and 31 years and over. The winners of both Awards will also be given the opportunity to have a portfolio of their work printed by Metro Imaging. This closes on 31 May 2015.

Image © Ciril Jazbec, under 16-25 winner of the Photographic Angle & RPS Environmental Bursary 2012.

Postgraduate bursary for MA students studying photography – £3,500

For this bursary photography is interpreted in its widest sense to include digital and traditional photographic media, the art and science of photography and image based written work/research. It is to support postgraduate students undertaking photographic research or studying Masters courses in Photography – closes 29 June 2015.

Joan Wakelin bursary for documentary photography, in partnership with The Guardian newspaper – £2,000

This Bursary remembers Lancashire born photojournalist and Fenton Medalist Joan Wakelin Hon FRPS, who died in 2009 at the age of 75, leaving behind her an impressive body of work. The Joan Wakelin Bursary offers funding and the chance to have work published in The Guardian and The RPS Journal. The Bursary is awarded to the photographer who presents the best proposal for a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue. Submission is open to all, any age or nationality and entry is free of charge – closes 21 May 2015.

Image © Eleri Griffiths, winner of the Joan Wakelin Bursary 2013

Short Film Award, in partnership with Depict! – £2,000

The RPS is pleased to announce a new short film award and best cinematography award in partnership with Depict!

Film © Adam Laity, Winner of the 2014 RPS Cinematography Award

The Peace of Wild Things (FilmConvert) from Adam Laity on Vimeo.

To find out more, please go here

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: