Ian Parry Prize for Young Photojournalists

Deadline: 1 August 2013
Open to: anyone of any age attending a full-time photographic course and to any photographer of 24 years and under
Prize: £3,500 towards their chosen assignment, publication in The Sunday Times Magazine, camera equipment from Canon, possibility for a Masterclass in Amsterdam and all expense-paid assignments


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.

“The IPS is a unique chance for emerging photojournalists to not only have their work assessed and circulated within the wider context of the professional photographic industry but also featured in a major international publication. Entering awards has now become the most effective way to showcase your work and I would encourage more students to invest in this kind of free promotion” Rebecca McClelland Creative Director IPS.

This year, for the first time the extremely well attended exhibition will be held for two weeks from the 26th September at the MOTHER gallery, MOTHER, Biscuit Building 10 Redchurch Street, London E2 7D from 11am – 5pm.


The scholarship is open to anyone of any age attending a full time photographic course and to any photographer of 24 years and under.


Entrants must submit a portfolio and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship. The prize consists of £3,500 towards their chosen assignment and £500 to those awarded Highly Commended and Commended. There is no fee for entry.

Benefits include:

  • The Sunday Times Magazine publishes the finalist’s work, which shines a spotlight on these young photographers and provides an excellent launch into a professional career in photography.
  • Canon provides a choice of equipment to the winner
  • World Press Photo automatically accepts the winner into its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.
  • Reportage by Getty Images adds the winner to their on line Emerging Talent group.
  • Save the Children offers one of the finalists an all expenses paid assignment.

This is a significant prize for any photographer and continues with the support of The Sunday Times Magazine & Canon.


The 2013 Ian Parry Scholarship deadline is August 1st 2013. The application form is AVAILABLE HERE. The Ian Parry Scholarship now has a “digital entry” process. They believe this will be a more efficient, eco-friendly process and less expensive for the applicants. You can download the instructions HERE for uploading your photographs.

There are two options:

  1. You can upload via FTP
  2. You can send your entry via You Send It, a free file transfer system; send the entry with all files zipped together (see further instructions below) into one folder to [email protected]

The 2013 Ian Parry Scholarship Awards will be announced during the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan during the week of September 3rd. They will then be exhibiting the winner’s work at MOTHER, London for two weeks during September 2013.

If you have any problems and require further assistance, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]. For more information, please see the official website HERE.

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