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The Ian Parry Scholarship 2011

Once again our extremely well attended exhibition will be held at the Getty Images Gallery from the 17th August for two weeks.

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. The Ian Parry Scholarship was created by Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor and 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.

We would like to congratulate Rasel Chowdhury on winning the Ian Parry Scholarship 2011. The level of entries we have received again this year was higher and more focused than ever before. Our judging is done as a process of elimination, so portfolios are removed from each round depending on their strength as potential winner. The final round of portfolios from Institutions like Pathshala, Danish School of Journalism, LCC, Westminster, Ohio, Falmouth and Leiden University, showed such flair and extraordinary vision that the judges found it difficult to select just 3 finalists. The judges felt that the overall winner had to be Rasel Chowdhury from Bangladesh for this series called Desperate Urbanization. His landscape images are concerned with the pollution of the Burigonga River, Dhaka. There are 700 brickfields and dockyards functioning on its riverbanks and tannery chemicals, human waste and industrial chemicals flow directly into the river. This constant source of pollution has created a breeding ground for diseases such as Malaria, Filariasis and Dengu Hemoragi fever causing serious health problems along the banks of the river. Low-income inhabitants are the worse affected, with little access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation. "I have an intrinsic relationship with this city and river as I spent most of my life in and around them" says Rasel of his series.

We would like to thank our judges for their clear decision-making and expertise: Don McCullin Patron / Tom Stoddart Trustee / Kate Edwards Guardian Weekend / Alixandra Fazzina Noor / Jon Jones & Stephen Reid Sunday Times magazine / Charles Parry Ian's brother.

"Rasel's conceptual approach and the desaturation of his images works well to produce a very different view of Dhaka, which is intriguing and interesting. What really comes across is his knowledge of the area and his subject. There is a consistent distance in the images and yet every now and again you see figures interacting with the landscape, it moves from pollution to shipbuilding" Kate Edwards, Guardian Weekend Photography Editor

Save The Children are again sponsoring the award by offering one of the finalists an all expenses paid assignment under the management of Rachel Palmer, Film and Photography Manager and in addition to this, the World Press Photo automatically accepts the winner onto its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. This is a significant prize for any photographer and continued with the support of Canon Europe & Sunday Times magazine, which publishes all the finalist's work; the scholarship provides an excellent launch into a professional career in photography.