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Ian Parry Award winner

Phil Coomes | 09:20 UK time, Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Autumn at home

There are lots of young photojournalists out there trying to find a market and get themselves noticed and one way to do this is to win the Ian Parry Award, no easy task mind you.

Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989 aged 24. A scholarship was created by Aidan Sullivan and Ian's friends and family. Each year, young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24 can submit work. Previous winners include Harriet Logan, Simon Roberts, Marcus Bleasdale and Ivor Pricket.

This year's winner is Maisie Crow, who is a graduate of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University and currently an intern at the Boston Globe.

Autumn by Maisie CrowMaise's project is entitled Love Me, and portrays the life of a 17-year-old girl, Autumn (not her real name), who lives in a small town in Ohio with her parents. Maisie describes her project as an exploration of "coming of age in an environment that lacks the emotional and financial resources to facilitate her growth into adulthood."

The pictures are all in colour and shot around Autumn's home, typical scenes of family life, but with an undercurrent of unease. I can see why the judges, who included photographer Eugene Richards, Simon Bainbridge from the BJP as well as Stephen Reid and John Jones from the Sunday Times, chose Maisie's work.

Eugene Richards said of the judging process:

"Everyone in that darkened projection room came to agree that the winner of the Ian Parry had to be someone who was expressing a "personal vision," as opposed to a more generic, commercially viable one."

Autumn by Maisie CrowIt seems to be a recurring theme of this blog, personal vision, and Maisie is well on her way to developing hers. The full set of Maisie's winning pictures can be seen here.

An exhibition of Maisie's work, plus that of Ed Ou whose work was highly commended by the judges, and others is on show at the Getty Images Gallery in London from 5 August for one week.

You can read more about the Ian Parry Award on their website and see Maisie Crow's portfolio on her site.


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