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 Organising Activity

  • Northern Light Conference Sheffield Hallam University


Fellowships and Awards

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


Invited Speaker

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



  • The Edinburgh Napier University Photography Lecture Series.