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 closed.  Please email learning@rps.org if you would like to be notified when it opens in again in 2018.

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

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

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

The successful applicant is 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. Although this is a photographic bursary, it is important that applicants can express their objectives and outcomes in written form. 

Applicants have to supply a clear breakdown on how they plan to spend the bursary, the time scale and what they plan to do with the work on completion.  Although the work will be published in the RPS Journal and The Photographic Angle and RPS websites we look for applicants who have a clear idea of where and how they will use their images to get their messages across to as wide an audience as possible.

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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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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Mandy Barker

2012 Winner over 25's Category

From September 2013 of The RPS Journal

Mandy Barker - Shoal: Plastic in the Sea After the Tsunami in Japan

Sep 2013
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