Environmental Bursary

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.

This Bursary is now open.  The closing date for all applications is the 31st of May 2017.

The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle is offering two 1-year bursaries to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness.

Applications are invited from anyone living or studying in the United Kingdom with a talent for taking photographs and an interest in the environmental concerns that we face today.

The bursaries will provide £3000 to assist with travel expenses, photographic equipment and other project-related costs. 

There are two awards available for applicants aged 16-30 and 31+ years.   The winners of both Awards will also be given the opportunity to have a portfolio of their work printed by Metro Imaging.

The closing date will be the 31st May 2017. We will notify the successful applicants by the 8th July 2017. 

We are looking for a creative interpretation of the subject as well as documentary and editorial photography.

The successful applicant will be expected to deliver a 500 word report and 6 images, 6 months into the project. The final report needs to be 1000 words with 10 images, along with an agreement to give a talk or workshop on their project at an RPS event.

If you wish to apply, please carefully read through the online application form and fill in each section. 

Although this is a photographic bursary, it is important that you can express your objectives and outcomes in written form. 

Please also give a clear breakdown on how you plan to spend the bursary, the time scale and what you plan to do with the work on completion.  Although your work will be published in the RPS Journal and TPA and RPS websites we will be looking for an applicant who has a clear idea of where and how they will use their images to get their messages across to as wide an audience as possible.

Applying is a four step process - applications will not be accepted via email

1) Read the information sheet about the bursary carefully.

2) Register or Login to the website. You will need to navigate back to this page under the Competitions tab in the menu above after logging in or registering (if you applied for a Bursary last year you should already have a password to login).

3) Fill in and submit your written application here.

4)  After submitting your written application you will immediately be asked to load your supporting images - you can also submit your eight supporting images from a previous project here. The images that you upload should be sRGB jpegs of no more than 2mb in size each.  Please allow the images time to load (this may take a few minutes) and do not press submit more than once.

Previous Winners (click on an image to learn more)




Charlotte Sams
Charlotte Sams
16-25 years old category

Marcus Doyle
Marcus Doyle
26+ years old category
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Success Stories

Success Stories

RPS Journal April 2017

We catch up with two previous Environmental Awareness Bursary recipients, Toby Smith and Mandy Barker, and hear how the awards helped them in their career.

Apr 2017
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Kieran Dodds

2015 Winner over 30s category

Kieran Dodds - updates us on his project focusing on the church forests of Ethiopia

Jul 2016
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Anchevskaya and Nikolov

2015 Winners - both categories

From June 2016 of The RPS Journal

The 2015 winners, Kieran Dodds (over 30) and Ekatrina Anchevskaya and Aleksandar Nikolov (under 30), tell us about the projects they completed with the financial support of the Society and its partners.

Jun 2016
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Marcus Doyle

2014 Winners - both categories

From March 2015 of The RPS Journal

2014 winners Marcus Doyle and Charlotte Sams, give us an insight into their winning projects.

Mar 2015
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Toby Smith

2013 Winner over 25s Category

From August 2014 of The RPS Journal

Toby Smith - talks at the midpoint of his winning project on the HS2 rail link.

Aug 2014
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