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The Ian Parry Scholarship 2020 : The Sunday Times Award : Yuki Iwamura


These are extraordinary times, and I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during this unrelenting pandemic. On behalf of our Patron Sir Don McCullin and the Ian Parry Scholarship Board, I would like to thank the hundreds of applicants from over 40 countries who took the time to enter the scholarship this year, and to thank our judges for their time and expertise. Our deepest and sincere thanks as always to our sponsors, The Sunday Times, Canon, Incite and Verbatim for their continuing support. Our judges worked diligently to reach their decisions and we are delighted with the results as they reflect the quality and standard of work and diverse reach the scholarship attracts.

Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either under the age of 24 or attending a full-time photographic course. In this our 30th year as we look back, we are very proud of all that we have achieved in supporting thousands of young aspiring photographers in Ian’s name.

The scholarship is proud to announce our 2020 winners: Yuki Iwamura has won The Sunday Times Award for Achievement and Capella Buncher has been awarded The Canon Award for Potential the mentorship placement with highly respected photojournalist and Photo Director of Tortoise Media Jon Jones. Stefanie Silber has been granted a special award. Due to the current situation, we will be hosting a virtual Awards Evening in November where Sir Don will present the awards and the recipients will present their work.

I would like to thank all our esteemed judges who donated their time and expertise to view over 300 entries from over 40 countries to select our winners (see page 3). These judges represent some of the finest talent in our industry and their kind involvement in this process is an enormous benefit to the entrants knowing that their work has been seen by these experts.

Due to the current situation we are unable to host our annual awards ceremony in person but will host a virtual version in November where Sir Don will present the awards and the recipients will present their work followed by an online portfolio review.

In 2021, we will be hosting a remarkable auction curated by former recipient and trustee Harriet Logan with work from some of the world’s most renowned photographers who have generously donated work to help raise funds to enable the continuation of our scholarship.

Many thanks, stay safe,

Aidan Sullivan

Chairman and Founder the Ian Parry Scholarship


Yuki Iwamura (b. 1997) is a freelance photographer based in New York and originally born and raised in Nagano, Japan. After he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to study Sociology, he also began his career as a photojournalist for Japanese newspapers as well as its college newspaper. While he works as a freelance photographer, he also travels around the world to produce stories. Iwamura has produced stories around the world focusing on the collapse of the nation-state, border, and immigration. He is currently working on a story about aging and death from his hometown, Nagano, Japan. He is a recent graduate of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York.

This year due to the extraordinary work that was entered the judges have asked to acknowledge Daniel Harvey Gonzalez and Ingmar Nolting for their respective portfolio with a Highly Commended Award and Subhrajit Sen for his portfolio with Commended Award.


More about the scholarship

Patron: Sir Don McCullin C.B.E 

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

This year’s Ian Parry Scholarship was divided into two categories: The Sunday Times Award for Achievement and The Canon Award for Potential.

The entry criteria for both was the same and the judges made their decisions based on the individual merits of the entries.

Entrants had to submit a portfolio and a clear proposal of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship.



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