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 closed for 2018 applications. 

The Bursary was established in 2005 in memory of distinguished documentary photographer and Honorary Fellow of The Society, Joan Wakelin.  The Bursary is administered by The Society in partnership with The Guardian and offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue. 

In addition to the funding you will also be able to claim up to £500 worth of equipment from Vanguard and your portfolio printed by Metro Imaging.

The Bursary funds new projects only. We do not support on-going projects. The Bursary does not support projects requiring travel to or within war zones.

Entries are free and open to all, of any age or nationality.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend, in person, for interview at the Guardian offices, London, UK, during the third week of July 2018 (14/06/18 the date is now confirmed for Wednesday the 8th of August 2018). We are not able to conduct on-line or telephone interviews.

Previous Winners (click on an image to learn more) 


Copyright Alice Mann
Alice Mann

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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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Neil Hall

2011 Recipient

From September 2012 of The RPS Journal

Neil Hall - the fog catchers of the Atacama Desert - the driest place on earth.

Sep 2012
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2010 Recipient

From June 2011 of The RPS Journal

Yevgenia Belorusets - documenting conditions in a house in Kiev – Ukraine’s capital city.

Jun 2011
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