Ian Parry Scholarship for Young Photographers 2019

Ian Parry scholarship

The Ian Parry scholarship is an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24 years.

The scholarship exists to find and support the very best young people striving to produce powerful, meaningful photojournalism in a ‘selfie’ obsessed world. Ian would be immensely proud of the long list of internationally known photographers who were helped at the start of their careers by the scholarship that bears his name. This year’s Ian Parry Scholarship is divided into two categories: The Sunday Times Award for Achievement and The Canon Award for Potential.

About Ian Parry

Ian Parry was a photojournalist 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.


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


  • Each winner will receive $3,500 towards their chosen project
  • Canon Europe continues to support the Scholarship and loans equipment to the winners
  • Attend a portfolio review day with leading industry experts in London
  • Mentorship Programme: They offer a year-long personal Mentorship to the winner of The Canon Award for Potential. The 2019 mentor is former Ian Parry Award recipient and highly respected Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen
  • The winner of The Canon Award for Potential will have the opportunity to take part in the Transmissions Programme at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan
  • 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 appear in The Sunday Times Magazine, the media sponsor for the contest

Application Procedure

To enter this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship, you will need to prepare the following:

  • 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 explaining your proposed project and outlining what the $3500 would enable you to shoot. 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 portfolio of 12 (low resolution) photographs, either a photo essay or individual photos.
  • Extended captions for each image as a word document.

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Deadline: July 5, 2019

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