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.

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.

Closing date for applications 9.00 a.m. Friday 18 May 2018

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend, in person, for interview at the Guardian offices, London, UK, during the third week of July 2018 (tbc). We are not able to conduct on-line or telephone interviews.

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.  Image titles should be kept short or the images may not load correctly.  For example, if your surname was Jordan then we would recommend titling your images in the following way: Jordan1.jpeg, Jordan2.jpeg etc.  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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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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