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 will open on the 31st January 2018. 

The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle is offering two 1-year bursaries to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness.  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.

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

There are two awards available for applicants aged 16-30 and 31+ years.

The closing date will be the 29 May 2018. We will notify the successful applicants by the 8 July 2017. 

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

Please do not try to apply yet. The process is not yet open and the information below is for reference only.

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.  Please allow the images time to load (this may take a few minutes) and do not press submit more than once.

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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Environmental McFetridge

2016 Winner over 30s category

Alan McFetridge - at a time when CO2 levels in the atmosphere are already at their highest levels in 400,000 years, McFetridge looks at big polluters tar sand refineries.

Oct 2017
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Carl Bigmore and Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz

2016 Winner under 30s category

Carl Bigmore and Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz - update us on their project on the Fennoscandian and Baltic sections of the European Green Belt.

Sep 2017
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Success Stories

Success Stories

RPS Journal April 2017

We catch up with two previous Environmental Awareness Bursary recipients, Toby Smith and Mandy Barker, and hear how the awards helped them in their career.

Apr 2017
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Kieran Dodds

2015 Winner over 30s category

Kieran Dodds - updates us on his project focusing on the church forests of Ethiopia

Jul 2016
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Anchevskaya and Nikolov

2015 Winners - both categories

From June 2016 of The RPS Journal

The 2015 winners, Kieran Dodds (over 30) and Ekatrina Anchevskaya and Aleksandar Nikolov (under 30), tell us about the projects they completed with the financial support of the Society and its partners.

Jun 2016
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David Hurn Swaps
David Hurn Swaps