The Scholarship

Patron: Don McCullin C.B.E.

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.

Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24.

This year, 2016, we have 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. We have also introduced a year long Mentorship Programme for the winner of the Award for Potential.

Entrants must submit a portfolio and a brief and clear proposal of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship.

There is no fee for entry.

Benefits include:

Our Main Sponsor, 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 years personal Mentorship. This years 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.


“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.” Tom Stoddart


For further information about the scholarship, interviews and images please contact and visit for up to date information

Our sponsors are: The Incite Project , The Sunday Times and Canon. Our sincere thanks for the support of the Frontline Club, World Press Photo and Touch Digital.

The Board of Trustees
Aidan Sullivan – Chairman and Founder
Rebecca McClelland – Creative Director & Trustee
Harriet Logan – Trustee , Sponsor and former recipient
Don McCullin – Trustee
Tom Stoddart – Trustee
Lance Miller – The Red Dot Agency
Ruth Whittock-Parry – Trustee and family member
John Parry – Trustee and family member
Charles Parry – Trustee and family member

The Advisory Board
Anthony Holland Parkin – Getty Images
Elisabeth Biondi – Biondi Photo