Ian Parry Scholarship 2020 for Aspiring Photographers ($3,500 prize)

Ian Parry Scholarship 2020 for Aspiring Photographers ($3,500 prize)

Deadline: July 5, 2020

Applications are open for the Ian Parry Scholarship 2020 for Aspiring Photographers. The 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.


The Ian Parry Scholarship is divided into two categories: The Sunday Times Award for Achievement and The Canon Award for Potential.


  • 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 2020 mentor is highly respected photojournalist Jon Jones.
  • Both winners 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, our media sponsor.


  • Open to young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course;
  • Applicants should be under 24 years.

Judging Criteria

The entry criteria for both is the same and the judges will make their decisions based on the individual merits of the entries. Entrants must submit a portfolio and a clear proposal of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship.


Your application should contain the following information: 

  • Your name, date of birth, permanent address, personal email address, personal telephone number, and if applicable, college, course title and course tutor. 
  • A project description giving us details of the portfolio you have uploaded for this application and 12 extended captions
  • A project proposal telling us how winning the Ian Parry Scholarship and $3500, would enable you to continue with the above project or how it would enable you to start a new photographic project. 
  • A portfolio of 12 (low resolution) photographs, either a photo essay or individual photos. 
  • Extended captions for each image as a word document.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Ian Parry Scholarship.