The Dartmoor Collective 2022 Hawthorn Award

The Hawthorn Award is a bursary established in 2021 and funded by The Dartmoor Collective. It has the twin aims of promoting contemporary photography on Dartmoor and to assist final year photography students at Plymouth University in the development of their practice.

The 2022 award is open to applications from third year students on the BA Photography course at Plymouth University. It is in the form of a bursary of £500 towards carrying out a photographic project within Dartmoor National Park. Your course tutors have provided you with details of this year’s brief. Your project can consist entirely of images, or can be a combination of images and the written word.

All submissions will be exhibited at St Saviours Hall, Plymouth, with a private viewing and a public exhibition.

The panel of judges will review all submissions, make a shortlist of up to three candidates for interview, then choose the winning recipient. The panel is made up of Nicky Thompson, Susi Petherick, Guy Dickinson and Nick Stone.

We hope that the landscape and life of Dartmoor, in all their fascinating multiplicity, will provoke new ways of seeing and that this opportunity will inspire a thought-provoking response to this creative challenge.

The selected recipient’s project will be published by The Dartmoor Collective in the form of an A5 photozine. The zine will be available for the general public to buy online and in selected stockists. You can read more about our other photozines here.

There may also be the opportunity to take part in a future exhibition, either solo or as part of a group together with other Dartmoor photographers. This depends on several factors, so more will be known over the coming months.

We are keen to receive applications from groups who are under-represented within photography and the arts more broadly, and we therefore particularly encourage applications from individuals who identify themselves as such.

It is entirely up to the recipient what the bursary is spent on to enable their project to be realised, but we do ask that applicants submit a very brief outline of the expected budget as part of the application, along with the project proposal and selection of current work.

Ideally the successful recipient will take part in promotion of the bursary, their project and the photozine, and if relevant the exhibition, for example through social media, friends and colleagues, media features and interviews.

Please read the schedule and terms and conditions below carefully. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us before applying.


  • Applications must be received by 5pm, Monday 28th February 2022.
  • Your submission will be exhibited at St Saviours Hall, Plymouth, in the form of a single A0 print. This can consist of 4 – 8 images. You will help build the exhibition on 2nd March.
  • Exhibition private viewing is 3rd March 6-9pm.
  • Exhibition is open to the public 4th – 7th March.
  • The panel of judges will select a shortlist of up to three applications during the week of the exhibition. Interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place either during the exhibition or in the few days immediately after.
  • The successful recipient will be confirmed and notified by Friday 18th March.
  • Your project must be completed and submitted by Friday 2nd September.
  • The photozine will be published during October.

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as third year students on the BA Photography course at Plymouth University.
  • Applications can only be accepted via the form below.
  • The selection process will be undertaken by panel of judges (see above for members), in collaboration with The Dartmoor Collective and tutors and staff at Plymouth University.
  • The successful recipient retains full copyright over their submitted work.
  • The Dartmoor Collective retains the right to use the work in promotion and publicity of the bursary and the Collective, online and in print, and to supply images to the media.
  • If your work features people, you must obtain signed model releases where required.
  • By applying, you agree to these terms and conditions and the schedule above. The successful applicant will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to these terms.

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Applications for the 2022 Hawthorn Award are now closed.

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