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RPS Women in Photography Bursary

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has launched a new bursary for women in photography.

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Applications are now open for the new RPS Women in Photography Bursary.

The bursary will support a female, or female-identifying, postgraduate student to develop a photography project.

Between 70% and 80% of photography students around the world are women.

However, they only account for about 15% of professional photographers.

RPS Women in Photography Bursary

Bursary funds can be used for any project-related expenses.

Projects may include photo essays, exhibitions, documentaries, etc.

At the end of the project, the recipient will present a body of work to the RPS Women in Photography Group and work with the society to share their project.

In addition to a £3,000 bursary the recipient will have the opportunity for one-to-one sessions with leading women photographers.

The bursary has been made possible thanks to the support of Karen Knorr, HonFRPS.

The Women in Photography Group is a special interest group of the RPS.

Its aim is to aid the celebration, education and collaboration of female-identifying photographers.

The bursary selection panel includes:

  • Photographer Joanna Vestey
  • Creative producer and curator Sebah Chaudhry
  • Women in Photography chair Teri Walker
  • Spectrum Photographic director Hazel Watts

How to apply

Applications for the RPS Women in Photography Bursary close on September 30.

The bursary is open to postgraduate students on courses in photography or undertaking research in photography.

Applicants can be female or female-identifying.

They must have received their degrees after 31 August 2017.

Apply via the RPS website here.

For more information, email