London-based freelance photographer Ivor Prickett, a 2006 graduate of the University of Wales in Newport, U.K., was named as the 2007 recipient of the Ian Parry Scholarship. The scholarship, which was named for Sunday Times photographer Ian Parry, awards the recipient with £2,500 (about $5,000) to be used towards a photography assignment. Additionally, the scholarship winner is added to a final list of nominees for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart master class in Amsterdam.
Prickett, an Irish native whose winning portfolio features images telling the story of Croatian Serbs displaced during the Serbo-Croatian war, plans on using the scholarship money to continue his project photographing Croatian refugees in Serbia. Though Prickett has no family links to the Balkans, his interest grew after his first visit to Kosovo in 2005. “When I heard about the displacement of Croatian Serbs, I felt it was something that had never really been highlighted,” Prickett said.
Prickett says his work is only possible with help from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He also hopes to document the return of Croatian Serbs to Croatia.
In addition to his long-term projects, Prickett has also had editorial work published in The Guardian, The Telegraph Magazine, and The Sunday Times Magazine.
Prickett, who has entered a portfolio for the past three years, said winning the scholarship is a huge honor. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “The people who win the award and are involved in the award are some of my idols. It’s just a very prestigious thing. I’ve known about it for a long time and admire all of the photographers greatly who have won it in the past.”
The scholarship is named for Ian Parry, a photojournalist for The Sunday Times, who died in 1999 at the age of 24 while on assignment during the Romanian revolution. Because of his early age at the time of death, the scholarship is available to photographers under the age of 24 or who are enrolled as full-time photography students.
Contest judges met at the Frontline Club in London on June 25th. This year’s judges included Philip Blenkinsop of Agence VU, Steve Blogg of Getty Images, Monica Allende of The Sunday Times, Ian’s brother John Parry, trustee Tom Stoddart as well as past winners Simon Roberts and Harriet Logan.
Runners up for the award were Liz Rubincam (highly commended), Gareth Phillips (commended), Liz Hingley (commended) and Dominic Nahr (honorable mention).
The Ian Parry scholarship will be holding a print exhibition featuring the winning images at the Getty Images Gallery in London beginning August 3. In addition, the scholarship will be raising money for VII photographer Alexandra Boulat, who is currently recovering following surgery at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.