Adrian Fussell, a New York City-based photojournalist, 23, has won the Ian Parry Scholarship for 2012 for his project “My Name is Victory.” The series follows members of the Patriot Guards, from Francis Lewis High School in Queens, NY, a community of immigrant youth who assimilate through participating in the volunteer military program. The award, which comes with a 3,500 British pounds cash prize, was announced this evening at the Visa Pour L’Image Festival in Perpignan, France. Two other finalists were also honored. Photographer Marcelo Pérez del Carpio of Bolivia was named “highly commended” and Hilde Mesics Kleven of Norway was “commended.”
In addition to receiving a cash prize, Fussell is automatically added to the list of finalists for the Joop Swart Masterclass, organized by World Press Photo in Amsterdam. Fussell and the two commended finalists will also have their work shown in the Spectrum supplement to The Sunday Times of London and in a print exhibition to be displayed for two weeks, starting September 26, at the ad agency MOTHER in London.
The scholarship was created in memory of Ian Parry, a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times in 1989. It honors young photographers who are either currently enrolled in a full-time photography class or are under the age of 24, to help them receive support and launch their careers. Fussell is a graduate of New York University, and also studied at the International Center of Photography.
For more on the Ian Parry Scholarship and this year’s finalists, visit the Ian Parry Scholarship Web site.
Photo: © Adrian Fussell. Cadet Jenny Chen, foreground, orders her squad to march during a practice run for the Patriot Guard drill team on March 29, 2012, days before competing in the JROTC Army National Championships in Louisville, KY.