Personal work is at the core of all successful photography careers. It supports creative development, giving image-makers the opportunity to experiment and take risks. It allows photographers to push beyond the boundaries of a client brief, creating work on subjects and themes they are truly passionate about.  That’s why we’re so thrilled about our inaugural Prestige Grant, which will help two photographers realize their personal dream projects.

Judging the grant are some of the most renowned names in photography: Lydia Pang is the Director of Visual Content and Commissioning at Anomaly NY and London, Adam Hinton is an award-winning documentary photographer, Gemma Padley is the British Journal of Photography Projects Editor and Rebecca McClelland is a well-known director of photography.

Learn more about what they’re looking for and why they do what they do:

1. Lydia Pang

“If you meet a photographer and they disarm you or disrupt you, and you see something you have not seen before, it can change the direction of a whole project.”


2. Adam Hinton

“Personal work has always been central to me; it’s why I became a photographer — to work on the themes which interest me.”


3. Gemma Padley

“One of the most important qualities in a photographer is having a singular vision, that strength in vision and courage in conviction that is your unique vision of the world.”

4. Rebecca McClelland

“During your career people are always going to tell you what to do, so be secure and be confident about what you want and what your vision is.”

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