Ian Perry Scholarship Prize 2016

Ian Perry Scholarship Prize 2016

Deadline: July 7, 2016

The Ian Parry Scholarship is international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24. The contest is in honor of Ian Parry, 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.

This year, 2016, the organizers made significant adjustments to the Scholarship awards. There will now be two awards, The Award for Achievement and the Award for Potential, the entry criteria for both will remain the same and the judges will make their decisions based on the individual merits and appropriateness of the entries.


  • The Incite Project, will add work from the winners to their prestigious collection and invite them to visit the collection for a private tour;
  • Each winner will receive $3,500 towards their chosen project;
  • Mentorship Programme – the winner of the Award for Potential will receive one year personal Mentorship. This year’s Mentor is the highly respected Photojournalist and Ian Parry Board Member, Tom Stoddart;
  • Canon provides 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;
  • Reportage by Getty Images adds the winner of the Achievement Award to its on line Emerging Talent group.


  • Open to all full time students from any country of any age including recently (within the last year) graduated students and BA, MA and MFA students;
  • It is also open to photographers (not attending a course) from any country who are 24 years old or younger.

Entry Criteria

  • Send a 12 image portfolio, which can be a photographic essay or single images with clear captions for each image.
  • If sending a photographic essay, it does not have to be related to your project proposal.
  • Images should be sized to 3000 pixels at the longest dimension, 300 dpi, saved as JPG with standard compression no lower than 8 on the JPG scale.
  • A brief and clear proposal of a project you wish to undertake should you win, mapping out the scope and purpose of your project.
  • You should include your research and a basic budget with your proposal.
  • There is no fee for entry.

Application Process

Complete application here.

For more information, visit Ian Parry Scholarship.