Irina Werning, a Westminster University student in the U.K., has won the 2006 Ian Parry Scholarship for “The Damned and the Beautiful,” a set of black-and-white images chronicling a group of London scenesters whose parties are an exercise in hedonism and decadence.

Werning, originally from Argentina, will receive a prize package consisting of £2500 to continue her photographic efforts and £500 worth of vouchers from London’s Metro Imaging. She will also be accepted on World Press Photo’s final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.

Kitra Cahana from McGill University in Canada, received a Highly Commended recognition, Matt Eich from Ohio University and Laura Hunter from Amersham and Wycombe College in the U.K. received Commended honors, and Honorable Mention went to Maysyuk Anja from the St. Petersburg Union of Journalists in Russia.

British photojournalist Tom Stoddart, who serves as a trustee on the Ian Parry Scholarship committee, said a record number of entries were submitted to the competition from photographers as far away as Russian, Argentina, and Iran.

“Irina Werning’s outstanding work is in the finest tradition of the Ian Parry Scholarship winners,” he said. “Once again the award has provided a great opportunity for a talented young photographer to progress in the industry.”

The annual scholarship is available internationally to students either attending a full-time photography course or those under 24 years of age. The award honors Ian Parry, a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times of London during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years old.

Portfolios from the winners can be viewed at