Joan Wakelin Bursary

Administered by The Society in partnership with The Guardian. The Joan Wakelin Bursary offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.

This Bursary is now open.  The closing date for all applications is the 16th of June 2017.

This bursary remembers Lancashire born photojournalist and Fenton Medalist Joan Wakelin Hon FRPS, who left behind her an impressive body of work.

Applications were open to all, of any age or nationality, and entry was free of charge.

The successful applicant will have their photoessay published in the Guardian and RPS Journal the following Spring.

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 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.


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John Gallo

2015 Recipient

From June 2016 of The RPS Journal

John Gallo - on the people of Ria Formosa in the Algarve, Portugal who are going to be deprived of their homes.

Jun 2016
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Manuela Henao

2014 Recipient Feature 2

From August 2015 of The RPS Journal

Manuela Henao Restrepo discusses her Bursary project - a second feature on the 2014 recipient.

Aug 2015
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Beauties by Manuela Henao

2014 Recipient

From March 2015 of The RPS Journal

Manuela Henao Restrepo discusses her Bursary project.

Mar 2015
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Eleri Griffiths

2013 Recipient

From May 2014 of The RPS Journal

Eleri Griffiths - how do you turn bees into shoes? Eleri Griffiths went to Africa to find out.

May 2014
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Oliver Wood

2012 Recipient

From May 2013 of The RPS Journal

Oliver Woods - the disastrous traffic congestion in Indonesia's capital Jakarta.

May 2013
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