Visa pour l’Image festival director Jean-François Leroy took to the stage of a packed Campo Santo tonight to announce this year’s winners of The Ian Parry Scholarship.
They are Andrew Renneisen, this year’s winner of the 2016 Award for Achievement.
And Igor Elukov, the winner of a brand new award, the 2016 Award for Potential.
Andrew Renneisen (b.1992) is an American freelance documentary photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. He focuses on issues related to race, religion, ethnicity and their role in conflict.
Igor Elukov (b.1991] is a Russian photographer based in St Petersburg. His work dramatically documents the tough life of the people who live above the Arctic Circle in his homeland.
Aidan Sullivan, founder of the Scholarship says, “Every year the select group of judges are always impressed with the quality of entries we receive from young talent the world over. The work of Andrew and Igor really stood out as being particularly powerful and poetic. These talented young men will now join an illustrious list of past winners, who we are proud to call the extended Ian Parry family. I am positive that we will see more and more from these two talented individuals.”
Andrew will receive financial support to help him complete a new body of work, covering the practice of ‘witch’ lynchings in towns along Kenya’s coast. He will also receive equipment from I.P.S. sponsor Canon, as well as guidance and support from the Ian Parry family of professionals.
Igor will be travelling back to the sub polar north to cover the problem of poaching of many red-listed species.
As the first winner of the Award for Potential, Igor will be mentored by Ian Parry co-founder and world renowned photographer Tom Stoddart.
The winners and the best of the 2016 entries will be featured in an exhibition, dates to be confirmed.