Ian Parry Scholarship for Young Photographers 2018 | $3,500 prize

Entries for the Ian Parry Scholarship 2018 are now open. The scholarship is an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24. The scholarship exists to find and support the very best young people striving to produce powerful, meaningful photojournalism in a ‘selfie’ obsessed world.

Ian Parry Scholarship


The scholarship is in honour of Ian Parry, a photjournalist who died while on assignment for the Sunday Times during the Romanian Revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years of age. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor, and Ian’s friends and family created the Ian Parry Scholarship in order to build something positive from such a tragic death.

This year’s Ian Parry Scholarship is divided into two categories: The Award for Achievement and The Award for Potential. The entry criteria for both is the same and the judges will make their decisions based on the individual merits of the entries. Last year they introduced a year long Mentorship Programme for the winner of the Award for Potential.



Benefits of Ian Parry Scholarship

  • Each winner will receive $3,500 towards their chosen project;
  • A year-long personal mentorship is offered to one of the entrants. This year’s Mentor is the highly respected Photographer and former Ian Parry winner – Simon Roberts;
  • Canon will provide equipment to the winners;
  • World Press Photo automatically accepts the winner of the Achievement Award into its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam;
  • Your work will be exhibited in London as part of a large gallery exhibition and will appear in the Sunday Times magazine, who is a media sponsor.

Eligibility for Ian Parry Scholarship

  • Open to young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24 years.

Entry Requirement for Ian Parry Scholarship

Entries should be accompanied by the following materials:

  • A covering letter including your name, date of birth, permanent address, personal email address, personal telephone number, and if applicable, college, course title and course tutor;
  • A detailed project proposal of your proposed project. It should be noted that this written section is considered extremely important. The judges will need to be impressed by your ability to produce a convincing project proposal as well as your photography skills;
  • A brief project synopsis (Please follow the instructions on our submit form carefully);
  • A portfolio of 12 (low resolution) photographs, either a photo essay or individual photos;
  • Captions  for each image as a word document.

How to Apply for Ian Parry Scholarship

Click here to apply


Scholarship Page: http://www.ianparry.org/scholarship/


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