The Dartmoor Collective 2023 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 2023 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 Vacancy Atlas in 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.

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 successful recipient will have the opportunity for their work to be published in a photozine and/or take part in an exhibition (subject to meeting the deadlines and artistic, technical and quality standards), either solo or as part of a group together with other Dartmoor photographers and artists.

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 20th February 2023.
  • Your submission will be exhibited in Vacancy Atlas, Plymouth, in the form of a single A0 print. This can consist of 4 – 8 images. You will help build the exhibition on 22nd February.
  • Exhibition private viewing is 22nd February 6-9pm.
  • Exhibition is open to the public 23rd – 26th February.
  • 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 (via Zoom).
  • The successful recipient will be confirmed and notified by Wednesday 15th March.
  • Your project must be completed and submitted by Friday 14th July.
  • The photozine will be published during August.

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.
  • An initial payment of 50% of the bursary will be made within one week of the chosen recipient being selected. The remaining 50% will be paid on submission of the completed work, if it meets the expected quality and artistic standards suitable for print and/or exhibiting.
  • Publication of the photozine and/or inclusion in any future exhibition will be dependent on the submitted work meeting necessary artistic, technical and quality standards.
  • 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 2023 Hawthorn Award are now closed.

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