Filipino Photographer VJ Villafranca bags coveted Ian Parry Award

Photo: © VJ Villafranca

I've been reading a lot in the PCP egroup about VJ's winning the Ian Parry Grant and had tried searching the net for the official result including the Ian Parry website a couple of days back to confirm and finally: (from PDN):

Photographer Vicente Jaime "VJ" Villafranca has won the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship. 

The prize awards £3,000 ($5,900) to a photographer attending a full-time photographic course or under the age of 24. Villafranca plans to use the award to fund a project in Myanmar.

Villafranca, 26, is a freelance photographer in Manila, Philippines and a former student at the Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo De Manila University. His portfolio includes portraits of gang members who live in downtown Manila.

Runners up for the prize include Gianni Cipriano (highly commended), Matt Eich (commended) and Gratiane de Moustier (commended).

The scholarship is given in memory of Ian Parry, who died in 1989 at age 26 while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution. The Sunday Times Magazine publishes the work of all the finalists.

The work will also be on view at the Getty Images Gallery in London from for two weeks beginning August 7.

Previous Ian Parry Scholarship winners include Ivor Prickett, Irina Werning, Arantxa Cedillo, David Høgsholt, Leonie Purchas, Jonas Bendiksen and Zijah Gafic.

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See VJ's winning photos here.

Congrats, VeeJay!


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