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!