The 2009 winner and finalists of the Ian Parry Scholarship, an international photographic award for young and emerging photographers have been announced. Eugene Richards said: “While the Ian Parry is intended as a kind of celebration of photography, of young initiative, of the creative process, there was a seriousness, even an urgency, hanging over the judging of which I was a part. The judging was a hard-driven affair, as the gathering of photographers, critics, editors culled the large amount of photographic portfolios down to twenty-five, then ten, then eight.
“Everyone in that darkened projection room came to agree that the winner of the Ian Parry had to be someone who was expressing a “personal vision,” as opposed to a more generic, commercially viable one. Plus the winner had to have something tangible to say about the world we live in. There was an undeniable sorrow in having to compare and contrast the efforts of so many aspiring young photographers. Each of us agreed that the Ian Parry award should go to Maisie Crow, for her project focused on a teenage girl coming of age in an American small town”.
Winner: Maisie Crow
Highly Commended: Ed Ou
Commended: Adam Lau
Commended: Carl Kiilsgaard
Commended: Saikat Mojumder
Go to Ian Parry for further information.
From the press release: “Save The Children are sponsoring the award by offering one of the finalists an all expenses paid international assignment of their choice, under the direction of Rachel Palmer, Photography & Film Manager for Save The Children. In addition, the World Press Photo automatically accepts the winner onto its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. This is a significant prize for any photographer and continued with the support of the Sunday Times Magazine, which publishes all the finalists’ work. Year after year, the award has highlighted the work of some of the industry’s finest emerging talent, all of whom have progressed into professional careers and still support the award.” Previous winners include Leonie Purchas (2003) and David Hogsholt (2004).
The print exhibition will open for a week on 5 August at the Getty Images Gallery, London.