Ian Parry Scholarship


Photojournalist Ian Parry was only 24 years old when he was killed while covering the Romanian Revolution in 1989 for The Sunday Times of London. Aidan Sullivan, then the Times’ Director of Photography, created the Ian Parry Scholarship, which assists young photographers, from a determination ‘to create something positive from this tragedy.' 

Now, 25 years after Parry’s death, the winners of the scholarship are being shown in a special exhibition at Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan, France. See more photos by the winners and read about Parry’s legacy on New York Times Lens Blog. 

Above photos by: Jonas Bendiksen, Marcus Bleasdale, Farzana Hossen

Vlowjob wins Ian Parry Grant

Congratulations to my good friend Vicente Jaime Villafranca, pictured here right after getting the call from Magnum’s Jonas Bendiksen, for winning the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship. Also known as Herman Araro, this 26 year-old photojournalist who was a former underwear billboard model (sorry man, it’s such a nice trivia about you!) and part-time pimp bagged the prestigious grant via his Gangs of Baseco photo story.

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VJ Villafranca Wins Ian Parry Scholarship
July 07, 2008
By Daryl Lang

Photographer Vicente Jaime “VJ” Villafranca has won the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship.
The prize awards £3,000 ($5,900) to a photographer attending a full-time photographic course or under the age of 24. Villafranca plans to use the award to fund a project in Myanmar.
Villafranca, 26, is a freelance photographer in Manila, Philippines and a former student at the Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo De Manila University. His portfolio includes portraits of gang members who live in downtown Manila.
Runners up for the prize include Gianni Cipriano (highly commended), Matt EichGratiane de Moustier (commended).
The scholarship is given in memory of Ian Parry, who died in 1989 at age 26 while on assignment for
(commended) and The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution. The Sunday Times Magazine publishes the work of all the finalists.
The work will also be on view at the Getty Images Gallery in London from for two weeks beginning August 7.
Previous Ian Parry Scholarship winners include Ivor Prickett, Irina Werning, Arantxa Cedillo, David Høgsholt, Leonie Purchas, Jonas Bendiksen and Zijah Gafic.

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Congratulations again man, turbo na yan!


“The building is better than a slum, but it’s still a difficult place to live in. There are no elevators, the water system is deficient, and while electricity is available, if you plug in too many devices, the entire floor shuts down. Also, there are areas without railings, and I’ve been told that drunk people or kids have fallen down in the past.”

-Photographer Alejandro Cegarra, who was awarded the Ian Parry Scholarship for his work on Caracas’s ‘Tower of David.’ The skyscraper was inhabited by thousands of squatters after being abandoned midway through construction. See more on Time Lightbox

Ian Parry Scholarship Winners Announced

Farzana Hossen of Bangladesh was awarded the 2013 Ian Parry Scholarship for her story on the victims of acid attacks in her country. You can see more of Farzana’s work and read about the scholarship on the Ian Parry Foundation’s Web site.

“Farzana’s winning portfolio ‘Lingering Scars’ communicated an intensely personal story with brave and intelligent visual story telling of great strength and depth of composition,” the judges said in a press release

In addition to Farzana, three other photographers received commendation from the jury: Magda Rakita of Poland; Mehran Hamrahi of Iran; and Kazi Riasat Alve of Bangladesh.

Caption: Roushon, 32, was got married at the age of thirteen in Birampur. After eight years of their married life in 2002, her husband poured acid on her while she was in deep sleep together with her son because she resisted on her husband’s second marriage. She lost an ear completely and half of her face and body has been burned. She now lives with her son in her mother’s family and now studying along with her son. 

The Ian Parry Scholarship is a free international photographic award for documentary & visual photojournalism students and freelance photographers of the age of 24 years and under. Enter now, the deadline is July 14.

Photo: A girl rides a bike inside the Tower of David skyscraper in Caracas, which has become home to more than 3,000 men, women and children. Photo by Alejandro Cegarra, 2014 winner of the Ian Parry Scholarship.


Residents of the “Tower of David,” a building in Caracas, Venezuela, that was abandoned during its construction and became a makeshift home for several thousand people. (Photos by Alejandro Cegarra)

Over the next several weeks we will be profiling this year’s new Reportage Emerging Talent roster. The first is Alejandro Cegarra, from Caracas, Venezuela. Alejandro originally took up photography as a hobby while studying publicity at Alejandro de Humboldt University in Caracas. After working for a year at an advertising agency, he quit to pursue photography as a fulltime profession. He has worked for Venezuela’s largest newspaper, Ultimas Noticias, as well as freelanced in his country for the Associated Press. Earlier this year, he was recognized in Magnum Photo Agency’s 30 Under 30 contest and was the first-prize winner of the Ian Parry scholarship. We asked Alejandro a few questions about his work and burgeoning career as a photographer.

Q) Your winning portfolio for the Ian Parry Scholarship was a story about Caracas’ Torre de David, an unfinished skyscraper that was turned into a makeshift community of squatters. Where did they predominantly come from, and what is life like for the families who live there?

A) In 2007, around 2000 people moved into the building: many were families with no place to live; others arrived because they were tired of the insecurity where they lived, etc. Mostly, the people who live in the tower come from the slums of Caracas, which form a ring of poverty around the city. Life in the tower is not easy: you have water one day per week; if you live in the high floors, you have to carry everything on your shoulders (beds, refrigerators, furniture). The garbage system is to throw everything out the window. They have problems with plumbing and other basic services. Also, they are prone to fall into the void [a large shaft in the center of the tower]. The tower has a lot of places that are dangerous to walk near. Two days ago, a pipe fell from one of the higher floors and hit a kid in the head. The kid later died.

Q) The fate of the building’s residents remains unclear. What is the most likely future for the building and its occupants?

A) The government has started moving out the squatters to new houses outside Caracas. They are going by their own will and mostly they are happy with the new apartments. Meanwhile, other inhabitants do not want to leave Caracas, and want new apartments in the city. I expect that, by the end of the year, the tower will be empty.

Read the rest of the interview on Getty Images’ Stories & Trends blog.

Jiagui Su, who has schizophrenia, in Zhaoqing, China. This photo is from a series of images on the mentally ill in China, by photographer Yuyang Liu, winner of this year’s Ian Parry scholarship for young photographers. The award is named for a British photographer for the Sunday Times who died covering the Romanian revolution at age 24.

Liu, 23, photographed his subjects in Guandong Province, where he said the population of mentally ill is overlooked or ignored. “This is a group of people who are invisible in normal society,” Mr. Liu told the New York Times Lens Blog. “We can’t see them in schools or workplaces, and we don’t see their families.”

Read more about Liu’s project on Lens.

The runners up for the Ian Parry prize are Hosam Katan of Aleppo, Syria; Salahuddin Ahmed of Bangladesh; Isadora Kosofsky from the United States; and Hashem Shakeri of Iran. Their projects can be viewed in the Ian Parry Award website.

Ian Parry Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

If you’re a student photographer or one who’s 24-years-old or younger, apply for the 2014 Ian Parry Scholarship; the deadline is Monday, July 7.

The winner receives £3,500 toward their chosen assignment; equipment from Canon; guaranteed nomination to the Joop Swart Masterclass; and the publication of his or her work in The Sunday Times. There are also runner-ups who receive a smaller prize.

Last year’s winner was Farzana Hossen, whose project, “Lingering Scars,” looked at women and girls in Bangladesh who are the victims of acid attacks (above).

The scholarship’s namesake, Ian Parry, was a photojournalist who died on assignment for The Sunday Times while covering the Romanian revolution in 1989; he was 24 years old. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor of The Sunday Times, and Ian’s friends and family created the Ian Parry Scholarship in order to build something positive from such a tragic death.

See work by past winners and read the submission guidelines on the Ian Parry website.

(Photo by Farzana Hossen)


We’re pleased to announce the addition of Farzana Hossen, a documentary photographer who won this year’s Ian Parry award, to the Emerging Talent roster of Reportage by Getty Images. Farzana is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and studies photography at Pathshala-South Asian Media Academy.

Besides winning the Ian Parry Scholarship, she has also received awards from various international organizations including WHO, Venice International Photo Contest, UNESCO “Gender Equality In Education” and Garuda Indonesia International photo award. Her work has been exhibited at many national and international exhibitions, notably Chobimela 2011(Self-discovery), UK-Guardian Gallery 2012, (Insider, Outsider - A majority world exhibition) Mother Gallery, London 2013.

Please visit the Reportage Web site to view more of her work.

(Photos by Farzana Hossen/Reportage by Getty Images)