For a member who, in the opinion of Council, has shown extraordinary support for The Society over a sustained period. This award carries with Honorary Life Membership of The Society.
17. The Bill Wisden Fellowship of the Year Named after Bill Wisden MBE HonFRPS for his 50+ years’ service to The Society, The Bill Wisden Fellowship of the Year is awarded for the most outstanding of the Fellowships that The Society confers annually.
Winner: Tony Bramley FRPS – Tony has always been interested in modern and contemporary art and his Suprematist work is a direct link to Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Dynamic Suprematism’ period. Tony’s work aligns with Malevich’s ideology, within photography, celebrating light, colour, geometry and space (two dimensional and implied three dimensional space). His pieces are abstractions from single photographs providing only the essence of the original image.
18. Joan Wakelin Bursary Administered by The Guardian and The Society, the Joan Wakelin Bursary is named in memory of photojournalist Joan Wakelin HonFRPS, a legacy from whom funds the bursary, and is awarded for the best proposal for a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.
In 2016, the shortlisted candidates were Rick Findler, Maria Alejandra Huicho, Tom King, Guy Needham and Matilda Temperley. This year’s winner is Matilda Temperley, who will be travelling to Ghana to document the WHO’s new global strategy to eradicate leprosy.
19. TPA/RPS Environmental Awareness Bursary In partnership with The Photographic Angle, The Society offers two £3,000 bursaries to support photographic projects that promote environmental awareness, one to an applicant under 30 and one to an applicant over 30.
This year’s over 30s winner is Alan McFetridge. Alan will study the effect of the recent forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
The under 30 bursary is jointly awarded to Hanna Jedrosz and Carl Bigmore. They will consider the resonance of history and human actions through a documentary project depicting the European Green Belt which, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, marks a boundary between east and west Europe and a corridor where wildlife has been able to flourish.
20. The RPS Postgraduate Bursary The Society’s Postgraduate Bursary supports postgraduate students undertaking photographic research or studying Masters courses in photography.
The Society’s Postgraduate Bursary is awarded to Michael Vince Kim. His project traces the memory of the Koreans of Mexico and Cuba, who arrived under the false promise of new opportunities in a paradisiac land only to be treated like slaves under the scorching sun in henequen plantations.
21. RPS Cinematography Award The RPS Cinematography Award, in partnership with DepicT!, the Watershed’s micro short filmmaking competition, is awarded for the best cinematography within the selected short films. This award is judged in the Autumn and the 2016 winning film will be shown at next year’s awards ceremony.
The 2015 winners of the award were George Lewis, Thomas Phelan, James Hambleton-Plumb, Jack O’Dowd and Isaac McCardle, for the short film The Factory. Sound mix and music by Thomas Hawkesworth.
About the RPS Awards
The selection committee is made up of senior members of The Society and respected external advisors, working in different spheres of photography, who determine the eventual winners.
Recent Award recipients have included photographers Terry O’Neill, Steve McCurry, Annie Leibovitz, Sir David Attenborough and Dr Brian May CBE.
The RPS is an educational charity open to everyone interested in photography, amateur or professional, artist or scientist.
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