Sophie Gerrard

Sophie Gerrard

Ms Sophie Gerrard



Sophie Gerrard (Scottish, b.1978) is an award winning photographer specialising in contemporary documentary and portraiture with environmental and social themes.

Sophie began her career in environmental sciences before studying photography at Edinburgh College of Art followed by an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.

Her first major project, E-Wasteland was awarded a Jerwood Photography Award a Fuji Bursary and a Magenta Fast Forward Award. She has since been shortlisted and nominated for the Prix Pictet Award several years running and the 2015 Remote Photo Prize.

Sophie’s editorial and long term personal work has been published world wide by clients including The New York Times, Harpers, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Telegraph Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine, The Independent on Sunday Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Foto8, The British Journal of Photography, Portfolio Magazine, Scotland on Sunday, Lucky Peach, Le Monde and many others.

Solo and group exhibitions include The Martin Parr Foundation (2019), OFF_festival Bratislava (2018), The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (2015), Brighton Photoworks Biennial (2014), Impressions Gallery, Bradford (2014), Streetlevel Photoworks (2014), Scotland House Brussels (2014), Unseen Amsterdam (2013), Flowers East Gallery London (2008), The Arbetes Museum (2008), Paris Photo (2008) and The Photographers’ Gallery (2012/13).

Her work is held in a number of collections including St Andrews University Special Collection, The National Galleries of Scotland, Couttes Bank private collection, StatOil Collection and the Sir Elton John private Collection.

In 2012 Sophie co-founded Document Scotland, a collective of internationally acclaimed photographers dedicated to chronicling the social, cultural and economic life in Scotland.

Sophie is a lecturer in photography at Edinburgh Napier University and a member of the board of trustees for Impressions Gallery in Bradford.

Sophie’s work has been published in several books including “New Light” The Jerwood Foundation (2009), “Tunnock” Cafe Royal Books (2015), “The Bigger Picture”, Impressions Gallery (2015) and “Compassion, Commitment, Community” The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust (2013).

Sophie is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the Board of Trustees for Impressions Gallery, Bradford.


Conference Activity

  • Northern Light Conference Sheffield Hallam University


Fellowships and Awards

  • FINALIST: Portrait Salon, London, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Bradford
  • FINALIST: Portrait Salon, London & Bradford
  • NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Consumption, Paris
  • NOMINEE: Sovereign European Art Prize
  • NOMINEE: Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo
  • NOMINEE: London Photography Award, London
  • NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Paris & Dubai
  • NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Water, Paris & Dubai
  • NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Earth, Paris
  • NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Power, Paris
  • NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Growth, Paris
  • 2007 UK SELECTED WINNER: Magenta Flash Forward Award, Canada 2007 SHORTLISTED: Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award.
  • SHORTLISTED: Remote Photo Festival Prize, Donegal, Ireland
  • SHORTLISTED: Terry O’Neill Award, London
  • WINNER: Fuji Film Bursary
  • WINNER: Fotodocument One Planet Living Commission, Brighton, UK
  • WINNER: Jerwood Photography Award


Invited Speaker

  • Hereford College of The Arts, Hereford,
  • Photography Oxford Festival, Shooting Local, panel discussion, Oxford. 2012 – Edinburgh Napier University, visiting Lecturer, Edinburgh
  • Jerwood Photography Award 2007, artists’ talks – Jerwood Space, London
  • Talk, See Photography, CCA Glasgow
  • Southampton Solent University – visiting lecture & workshop
  • Brighton Biennial Photoworks & FotoDocument, artist’s talk, Brighton
  • Beyond The Border, artist’s talk, Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
  • ASA Collective & Firecracker, public lecture and presentation
  • Artists farmers and philosophers Symposium
  • The Ties That Bind, artists’ talk, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.
  • The BJP Social Lecture, The Photographers’Gallery & BJP, London 2011 – Seeing Photography Lecture Series, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Women in photography, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
  • Women in Photography, The Photographers’ Gallery, Couttes Bank,
  • Develop North Photography Festival, Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh College of Art, Foto Talks, public lecture
  • Edinburgh College of Art, visiting lecturer, Edinburgh



  • The Edinburgh Napier University Photography Lecture Series.