2014 is the 25th Anniversary of the Ian Parry Scholarship. This coveted prize could become the opportunity of a lifetime for a current full-time photography student or an emerging photographer under 24 years of age who submits a compelling selection of images and a synopsis for a proposed assignment before the July 7 deadline.
Widely recognized as one of the most important awards available for aspiring documentary photographers and visual journalists, the scholarship was initiated by renowned photo editor Aidan Sullivan, currently vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images, UK, in memory of his colleague Parry, a young photojournalist killed while on assignment for the Sunday Times during the 1989 Romanian Revolution.
The scholarship winner will receive a monetary award of £3,500 ($5,930) to put towards the completion of the proposed assignment. In addition, the winner will receive camera gear, representation from Reportage by Getty Images as part of their Emerging Talent group and addition to the list of nominees to be selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass, conducted by World Press Photo.
Several commended photographers will also receive a monetary award of £500 ($847). All finalists will be published in the Sunday Times Magazine, have their work exhibited at Downstairs at MOTHER in London and be considered for an assignment from Save the Children.
Says Sullivan of the award, “The Ian Parry Scholarship is not an event where you get a shiny trophy, a cheque, a handshake and then a fond farewell. This is a community comprising of all of the friends of Ian, the majority of who never knew him but have all become part of his legacy.”
Past scholarship winners include Farzana Hossen (2013), Adrian Fussell (2012), Rasel Chowdhury (2011), Sebastian Liste (2010), Maisie Crow (2009), Jonas Bendicksen (2002), Marcus Bleasdale (2000) and Simon Roberts (1998).
All applicants must submit a portfolio of 12 captioned images from the past year and a detailed written proposal of a project to be undertaken if selected for the scholarship. Full details for uploading images to the scholarship Web site are available here.