Ian Parry Scholarship 2016: a night to remember
© David Corfield
On the eve of the American presidential elections, this year’s recipients of the Ian Parry Scholarship were duly recognised by the cream of the photo industry, with the Scholarship’s patron, world-renowned photographer Don McCullin, CBE, presiding. CPN Editor David Corfield reports...
If you’re ever in any doubt of an industry’s ability to recognise and nurture tomorrow’s talent, look no further than the Ian Parry Scholarship. Established in 1989 in memory of Ian Parry, a 24-year-old photojournalist killed on assignment for The Sunday Times, the award is the brainchild of his former boss, Aidan Sullivan, Verbatim Agency’s CEO and former VP of Photo Assignments for Getty Images.
The photo industry is perhaps better equipped than most to look after its own. In an age where photographers often make the news for all the wrong reasons, their peers and editors live their lives united in a mission to tell the truth, often challenged by tragic consequences. Speaking of his late friend and colleague, Aidan Sullivan spoke fondly of Ian Parry saying: “The real reason we’re all here is to celebrate a dear friend who we lost all those years ago who was a real talent… please raise your glasses to Ian Parry.”
A double celebration
This year the Ian Parry Scholarship expanded to incorporate two awards and the winners this year – though from very different backgrounds – were united in a shared passion for visual storytelling, which the panel of judges was quick to recognise. The 2016 Award for Achievement went to young American photojournalist Andrew Renneisen while 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. Both received an EOS 5D Mark IV from Scholarship sponsors Canon Europe.
On receiving his Award for Achievement, Andrew Renneisen, who flew in from Nairobi where he is currently based, spoke warmly of the Scholarship, saying: “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. 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 and even more important tool in our understanding of the world.”
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 evening featured an exhibition, curated by Ian Parry’s Creative Director Rebecca McClelland, of the winning images as well as the best of the runners-up work. You can visit the exhibition from November 9th - 15th from 10am to 5pm at the celebrated London venue ‘Downstairs at Mother’.
About Ian Parry
Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died aged 24 while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor at the Sunday Times, created the Ian Parry Scholarship with Ian’s friends and family in order to build something positive from such a tragic death.
Previous winners of the scholarship include photographers Yuyang Liu, Alejandro Cegarra, Farzana Hossen, Adrian Fussell, Rasel Chowdhury, Sebastian Liste, Maisie Crow, Vicente Jaime Villafranca, Ivor Prickett and Irina Werning.
To view the winners portfolios, please visit the Ian Parry Scholarship website here.