The Royal Photographic Society has announced the first winner of their major new bursary for young photographers â€“ the RPS Jeff Vickers Genix Imaging Bursary (‘bursary’ is how they call a grant or scholarship in the UK).
Philip Volkers is the recipient of the first RPS Jeff Vickers Genix Imaging Bursary. â€œDigital technology has inspired me with new ways to capture and manipulate my vision,â€ he said. â€œAs with all new technology, however, it is heavily computer reliant and funds are always needed for new hard drives, monitors, software for capturing, processing and retouching photographs. The bursary will greatly benefit my career by enabling me to purchase a high-quality monitor, computer, software and storage drives for the constant flow of new images that I generate.â€
Three bursaries, which can be spent on equipment, facilities or travel, are being sponsored by Jeff Vickers FRPS, Chairman of Genix Imaging, in celebration of his 50-year career in the photographic industry.
Each bursary will be worth Â£5,000 (about US$9,200) a year for three years â€“ a total Â£15,000 of financial support. Intended to support professional or aspiring professional commercial photographers, the bursaries are awarded to photographers showing enthusiasm and dedication in their work, together with a flair for imaging and creativity.
The Society is now inviting applications from photographers aged up to 30, currently working in commercial photography to submit their entries to the 2009 bursary awards.
Photo: Boxing by Philip Volkers