SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Rebecca Vassie Trust 2020


The Rebecca Vassie Trust today announces the fourth annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for emerging photographers, including a bursary worth £3,000.

The award, which funds an early-career photographer in the UK to undertake a narrative photography project, includes £2000 cash prize along with a £1,000-worth of premier printing at Metro Imaging plus support towards industry and public exposure. In addition, up to twelve longlisted applicants join the trust’s Development Network, which offers smaller grants towards educational projects and professional development throughout the year.


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.


Judges for the award include Caroline Hunter (picture editor, Guardian Weekend magazine), Phil Coomes (picture editor, BBC News Online) and Jennifer Thatcher (critic, curator and lecturer).


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 narrative photography project with a social or political context.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 27 March 2020.

Submission information is at



1. Ebola Screening, Entebbe Airport, Uganda 2014 – Rebecca Vassie

2. Adiga: Circassians in Israel – James Arthur Allen, Winner 2017

3. Pride, Entebbe, Uganda 2014 – Rebecca Vassie