Last night’s exhibition opening of the 2016 Ian Parry Scholarship (IPS) saw a full house. Visitors enjoyed the work of over 20 photographers on show at the celebrated London venue ‘Downstairs at MOTHER’, featuring photography from the 2016 winners and the best of the runners-up and curated by Ian Parry’s Creative Director Rebecca McClelland.
The 2016 Award for Achievement went to young American photojournalist Andrew Renneisen and Russian photographer Igor Elukov was named the winner of the 2016 Award for Potential. Renneisen 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, while Elukov will travel back to the sub polar north to cover the problem of poaching.
IPS patron and world-renowned photographer Don McCullin, CBE, attended the opening to present two awards. In congratulating the winners of this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship, its patron Don McCullin said: “If he [Andrew Renneisen] can do this at 23, at the time when I first started my photography, he’s got a long way ahead of him and he deserves to be here with us tonight to receive this prize. I’m so grateful to be part of that army, of men and women, who point their camera at interesting things.”
The 2016 Award for Achievement winner Andrew Renneisen flew in from Nairobi, Kenya where he is currently based to attend the opening. In a heartfelt speech, he shared: “We’re here to remember the amazing legacy of Ian Parry, who was my age when he passed away on assignment in December of 1989. Ian embodied the spirit of photography and drive for change as an inspiration to all. And this scholarship creates a way for that spirit and drive to live on. It gives me such a sense of pride and joy to join the incredible family of photographers that this scholarship has brought together over the years.”
Renneisen added, “Sometimes being a young photographer in an ever-changing industry can be daunting, so having a sense of family and support that the Ian Parry Scholarship cultivates is irreplaceable. It is our job as photographers to bear witness to things that many will never see. With new technology and social media, more images are consumed today than ever before thus making photojournalism an even more important tool in our understanding of the world. This award will give me the opportunity to continue working on stories that aim for that understanding.”
Both winners received a $3,500 cash prize and Canon’s new flagship DSLR the EOS 5D Mark IV. The winner of The Ian Parry Award for Achievement further raise their profile by becoming a nominee for World Press Photo’s renowned Joop Swart Masterclass as well as joining Reportage by Getty Images’ online Emerging Talent group. The Ian Parry Award for Potential winner will also partake in a year-long mentorship – the first of Ian Parry’s novel Mentorship Programme – led this year by distinguished photojournalist Tom Stoddart.
The 2016 Ian Parry Scholarship exhibition, which features the work of over 20 photographers, will be on show November 9th to November 15th from 10am to 5pm ‘Downstairs at MOTHER’ in London, the UK.