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TPA/RPS Environmental Bursary

The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle is offering a 1-year bursary 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 bursary will provide £3000 to assist with travel expenses, photographic equipment and other project-related costs. We are looking for a creative interpretation of the subject as well as documentary and editorial photography. In addition to the funding you will also have your portfolio printed by Metro Imaging and a portfolio review with their Creative Director Prof Steve Macleod.

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To apply click here

Meet the Selectors 
June Cadogan
June Cadogan

I work both as a Corporate Event Producer and as a Photographer and I’m committed to promoting women in photography.  My photography practice is influenced by an interest in community especially in my local area - Harrow. The central concerns of my work are themes of community, diversity, memory and belonging drawing from local archives, the Internet, and personal narratives. I have an MA in Photography and Urban Culture from the Goldsmith University and a BA in Photography from the University of Westminster.


As well as being chair of RPS Women in Photography group I am also a member of an all female collective called FORM, our work has been shown throughout the UK including Brighton Photo Festival and FORMAT Derby.

Adrian Stone

Adrian has many years experience of photographic judging, both nationally and internationally.  He has facilitated developmental workshops for camera clubs, and acts as a mentor to promising young photographers.  

As PTA's curator he produced many of the exhibitions currently on display,  and he sits on the RPS selection panel for awarding  RPS environmental bursaries. He also enjoys working with the exhibition crews in setting up TPA's exhibitions, which are open to the public with free entry across the UK.

Adrian works with Peterborough Cathedral where he runs photographic masterclasses to established photographers. 

CREDIT: Harry Borden
Harry Borden HonFRPS

Harry Borden HonFRPS is one of the UK’s finest portrait photographers and his work has appeared in many of the world’s foremost publications including The New Yorker, Vogue and Time. He won prizes at the World Press Photo awards (1997 and 1999) and was a judge in the contest in 2010 and 2011. In 2005 he had his first solo show at the National Portrait Gallery and the organisation currently have over 100 of his prints in their archive. In January 2017, his book ‘Survivor: A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust’, was published by Octopus. Alain de Botton declared it, "A masterpiece and deeply moving” and Martin Parr said, “"something really to behold, a substantial project of some real depth and authority”. The book was judged one of the 10 best photography books of that year by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. His second book, Single Dad (Hoxton mini Press) was published in 2021.

Past recipients

Ngadi Smart
CREDIT: Ngadi Smart

Recipient 20/21

We are delighted to announce this year's bursary winner is Ngadi Smart.

Ngadi Smart is a Sierra Leonean photographer based in London, who focuses on documenting cultures, subcultures and intimacy. 

Ngadi's website
Cathy Hyland
CREDIT: Cathy Hyland

Recipient 2019/20

The Environmental bursary will enable Catherine Hyland to travel to the Himalayas in order to make a new photographic series and a short film about the water crisis there and how an ingenious idea to build artificial glaciers at lower altitudes using pipes, gravity and night temperatures could transform an arid landscape into an oasis. 



Click to see more of Cathy's work
Harry B
CREDIT: Harry Borden

Over 30s Recipient 2018

Harry Borden was the over-30 bursary recipient. Harry collaborated with the writer Mireille Thornton, to produce Four Hugs Wide and Into the Trees.  The work explores our relationship with the arboreal through stories of people who love, live and work with trees and woodland across Great Britain. The project considers a world where people acknowledge our species as part of a larger ecosystem and live their lives accordingly.