Sharafat Ali has won the 2017 Ian Parry Scholarship, the board of the scholarship program announced yesterday. Ali, who is based in Kashmir and covers conflict, politics, faith and daily life in the region, won the Award for Achievement for his work on anti-India protests in the region.

Ali and three other finalists will receive cash awards of $3,500 to support their chosen projects. In addition to receiving a cash prize, Ali will be included on the final list of nominees for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass, added to the roster of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent, and have his work shown as part of The Incite Project.

 Tafadzwa Ufumeli of Zimbabwe won the Award for Potential for his work documenting the clashes between anti-riot police and protestors in a suburb of Zimbabwe. In addition to the cash prize, Ufumeli will also receive a one-year personal mentorship with previous Ian Parry winner Simon Roberts.

The two other honorees are Adriana Loureiro Fernández, honored for her coverage of demonstrators in Venezuela, and Heba Khamis, selected for her documentation of breast ironing (a process that attempts to make prepubescent girls less sexual and more likely to complete an education) in Cameroon.

Named after the 24-year-old photojournalist Ian Parry, who died in 1989 while on assignment for The Sunday Times, the scholarship is given annually to students and/or emerging photojournalists of any age who are obtaining their full-time BA, MA or MFA (or graduates from the past year), as well as any photographer 24 years or younger.

Photojournalist and Ian Parry board member Tom Stoddart says, “The scholarship exists to find and support the very best young people striving to produce powerful, meaningful photojournalism in a ‘selfie’ obsessed world.”

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