Winners of the 30th annual Ian Parry Scholarship announced

The winners of the Ian Parry Scholarship have recently been announced. The annual photographic competition for young photographers who are either under the age of 24 or attending a full-time photographic course attracted more than 300 entries from photographers in more than 40 countries.

The 30th year it’s been run, in 2020 the winners were named as Yuki Iwamura (The Sunday Times Award for Achievement) and Capella Buncher (The Canon Award for Potential), while Stefanie Silber was granted a special award. Due to the current COVID restrictions, a virtual awards evening will be held in November where the scholarship’s patron Sir Don McCullin will present the awards and the recipients will present their work.

About the winners

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. Some of these stories have focussed 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. Iwamura is a recent graduate of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York.


© Yuki Iwamura
© Yuki Iwamura. US Marine Corps gather at Times Square for the photoshoot during the Fleet Week on May 23rd, 2019 in Manhattan, NY. From the series American Pride.

Capella Buncher (b. 1995) is a photographer from London, exploring the inequalities of the British class system and illuminating underrepresented existences. She only started creating images in the winter of 2019, yet her photos have been exhibited as a part of Please Mind the Flash 2019 and featured both in print and online by the BBC, Lecture in Progress, and Magnum Photos. Having won the 2020 Ian Parry Scholarship, Capella intends to extend And the Livin’ is Easy beyond her family, to the rest of Britain, with the desire to encapsulate the diversity and complexity of the working class. Her intention is to educate and raise consciousness, as well as nurture class solidarity and community.


© Capella Buncher
© Capella Buncher. "My dad after hitting his pipe, spring 2020. Up until the last 15 years, my Dad was one of the most charismatic, hilarious and wildly creative people I have ever known, with the most outrageous stories, infectious laugh and loosest hips. Since having his last two children, Danny and I, he has been forced to work menial, brain-deadening jobs, due to a lack of formal education. The deleterious effect this has had on his mental and physical health, relationships, and self-esteem is shocking. Sometimes when he gets high, there is a flicker of that past self. From the series, And the Livin’ is Easy.  

Stefanie Silber (b. 1975) is a German documentary photographer. Her work focuses on issues such as trauma, loneliness, and grief. She started studying Photojournalism in Hanover in Germany at 39 years years of age, living her dream after working as a graphic designer and fighting for her right hand after an accident while working for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She has been teaching undertakers, and since 2020 has been supporting of families with stillborn babies. Silber received a BFF Grant in 2018 and undertook a Nikon Masterclass in 2019. Her work has been included in several group exhibitions.

© Stefanie Silber
© Stefanie Silber. Parents try to capture the first and last footprint of their daughter. She died in 22th week of pregnancy. 8.11.2017 in Hamburg, Germany. From the series, Loud Silence

Due to the extraordinary work that was entered this year, the judges have also acknowledged Daniel Harvey Gonzalez and Ingmar Nolting for their respective portfolio with a Highly Commended Award and Subhrajit Sen for his portfolio with Commended Award.

© Ingmar Björn Nolting
© Ingmar Björn Nolting
© Daniel Harvey Gonzalez
© Daniel Harvey Gonzalez
© Subhrajit Sen
© Subhrajit Sen

In 2021, an auction curated by former recipient and trustee Harriet Logan along with work from some of the world’s most renowned photographers who have generously donated work will be held to help raise funds to enable the continuation of the Ian Parry Scholarship.

Scholarship awards

  • Each winner receive £3,500 towards their chosen project.
  • Loan equipment from Canon Europe to the winners.
  • A year-long personal mentorship to the winner of The Canon Award for Potential. The 2020 mentor is highly respected photojournalistJon Jones.
  • An invitation to take part in the Transmissions Programme at Visa pour l'Imagein Perpignan.
  • Automatically acceptance of the winner of the Achievement Award into its final list of nominees for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.
  • Publication of winning work in The Sunday Times Magazine.

The judges


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