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This year's winner of the Ian Parry Scholarship is Zijah Gafic who entered a portfolio of portraits taken in the last village untouched by war in Bosnia. At only 21 years old he has also received an award at this year's World Press Photos Awards. The judges also chose three other finalists: Will Pryce, Highly Commended; Kiran Ridley, Commended; and Kate Brooks, Commended. Each of their portfolios showed a high level of professionalism, competence and originality.
Ian Parry was a young photojournalist working for The Sunday Times on an assignment during the Romanian Revolution. Very sadly, the plane taking him out of the war zone was shot down and he subsequently died. The Ian Parry Memorial Fund was set up by the Sunday Times and his friends and family in order to build something positive from such a tragic death.
Once a year a photographic competition for young photographers is held who are either full time photography students or who are under the age of 24. They must submit examples of work from their portfolio and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won. The prize is 1500 of Nikon camera equipment, 1,000 from image.net and a further 1500 towards their assignment. Joe's Basement also offers a 250 worth of vouchers to the winner and 50 to those awarded Highly Commended and Commended.
For the past two years Joe's Basement have printed the exhibition which not only displays the winner and finalist's portfolios but also a wide selection of single images from other entrants.
Sponsored by The Sunday Times, Nikon, Joe's Basement and Image.net
You can see the Ian Parry Scholarship exhibition at the Tom Blau Gallery
July 31st to August 11th. Its at Butlers Wharf Queen Elizabeth St, London, SE1 2PD.
For more details telephone 020 7378 1300 and please mention ePHOTOzine.