Inaugurated in 2011, the Education Award celebrates outstanding achievement or sustained contribution in photographic education. Professor Bate is recognised for his work leading the Photographic Studies MA, now Photographic Arts, between 1998 and 2016 as well as his lectures and publications that have advanced the study of practice, history and theory of photography.
As a founder editor of the international photography theory journal Photographies, his work on photography, visual arts history, theory and culture is renowned internationally. He is currently working on new digital platforms of computing image transforming photography and the way we use and understand digital images.
Talking about the award, Professor Bate said: “I am delighted and deeply honoured to be the recipient of this award. I thank the RPS for this. I would like to thank all my colleagues, past and present that I have had the privilege to work with in education too.”
Robert Albright HonFRPS, Royal Photographic Society President, said: “The Royal Photographic Society is uniquely placed to recognise individuals working across all areas of photography, creating new work, using photography for scientific purposes, inspiring and educating others and presenting great photography through publications and film. This year’s recipients join an illustrious group dating back to 1878.”
This year marks the 140th anniversary of the awards, established in 1878 and regarded as the most prestigious and comprehensive international photography awards. 18 awards will be presented in the ceremony taking place later this month.
Other exceptional figures, who will be honoured at The Royal Photographic Society’s Awards this year, include Nan Goldin, Vanessa Winship, Juno Calypso, Mat Collishaw, Sarah Moon, and Jamie Hawkesworth, as well as prominent directors, educators, curators, writers, publishers, producers and scientists.