The Scholarship

Patron: Sir 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 years Ian Parry Scholarship is divided into two categories:
The Award for Achievement and The Award for Potential.

The entry criteria for both is the same and the judges will make their decisions based on the individual merits of the entries. Last year we introduced a year long Mentorship Programme for the winner of the Award for Potential.

There is no entry fee.

Entries for the Ian Parry Scholarship 2018 are now open.

Benefits include:

Each winner will receive $3,500 towards their chosen project.

Mentorship Programme, we offer a year-long personal Mentorship to one of the entrants. This year’s Mentor is the highly respected Photographer and former Ian Parry winner –Marcus Bleasdale.

Canon, will provide 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.

Your work will be exhibited in London as part of a large gallery exhibition and will appear in the Sunday Times magazine, who is our media sponsor.

“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

“ENTER! This is the single most important photography award for young photojournalists. It transformed my career and many other photographers. Just look at the list of people who have been awarded the Ian Parry. It is incredible what they have all gone on to achieve in Ian’s memory.” Marcus Bleasdale

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

The scholarship is supported by the generous donations of an Alumni member, 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 and former recipient
Sir 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