Farzana Hossen | 2013 Ian Parry Scholarship Winner

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“Without a doubt, this is the strongest set of images and written text that we have seen today. I get a clear sense that Farzana has an invested interest in conveying the horror of these attacks.

Congratulations to all those who entered on undeniably strong work”

Don McCullin, Patron.

I am delighted that the judges have chosen another strong winning entry this year, both in terms of the importance of the subject and Farzana’s remarkable personal story tha brought her to approach it.
Aidan Sullivan Founder, IPS


We would like to congratulate Farzana Hossen (1982, Bangladesh) Magdalena Rakita (1976, Poland) Mehran Hamrahi (1989, Iran) Kazi Riasat Alve (1990, Bangladesh) and on winning awards in the Ian Parry Scholarship 2013.

The judges felt that 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. In Bangladesh, reports of violence against women are on the rise. Oftentimes, it takes the form of acid attacks, which are estimated to occur every two days, the majority of sufferers being female. All the finalist’s portfolios are available to view at www.ianparry.org. We received an unprecedented level of entries again this year, the standard was higher and applicants younger than ever before. Our judging is done as a process of elimination, so portfolios are removed from each round depending on their strength as a potential winner. Thefinal round of portfolios from institutions like Pathshala, Danish School of Journalism, LCC UK, Westminster UK, Ohio USA, Falmouth UK, Newport and Azad University of Ahvaz, showed such flair and extraordinary vision that the judges found it difficult to select just four finalists.

IanParry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. That was 20 years ago, he was just 24 years of age. 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.

Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24. Entrants must submit examples of their work from their portfolio and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won.

The prize consists of £3,500 towards their chosen assignment plus camera equipment from Canon and £500 to those awarded Highly Commended and Commended. Save The Children are again sponsoring the award by offering one of the finalist an ALL EXPENSES PAID ASSIGNMENT, to be announced at our private view on the 17th September at MOTHER Gallery, London. In addition to this, the World Press Photo automatically accepts the winner onto its lNAL list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass inAmsterdam. This is a significant prize for any photographer and  continued with the support of the Sunday Times Magazine, which will publish all the lNALIST’s work on the 15th September 20123; the scholarship provides an excellent launch into a professional career in photography.

We are also excited to announce that our annual print exhibition, which is curated by Deputy Director Rebecca Mcclelland, will be held for the second time in association with MOTHER, Biscuit Building 10 Redchurch Street, London E2 7D. It runs for two weeks from the 18th September, from 11am – 5pm.

Visit:  http://www.ianparry.org/winners/


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