Ian Parry Photojournalism Grant presents Lynsey Addario in conversation with Fiona Shields

Thursday 11 May 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Screening Room

Noor Nisa, right, a pregnant woman whose water had just broken, and her mother, Nazer Begam, wait roadside after their car broke down on the way to a maternity clinic in Faizabad, Afghanistan. November 2009. (Photo by Lynsey Addario/Getty Images Reportage)

American photojournalist Lynsey Addario focuses on conflicts and human rights issues, especially the role of women in traditional societies. In this special talk she’ll discuss her work with the Head of Photography at The Guardian Fiona Shields as well as the importance of supporting young photojournalists. The Ian Parry Photojournalism Grant is an annual award for young photojournalists or those in full time education, in 2023 it celebrates it’s 32nd anniversary. The grant is exhibiting the work of past recipients at Photo London on stand D21.

Talk ticket costs: £9.50




Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist, who has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises, and women’s issues around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times and National Geographic for more than two decades. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Syria, and ongoing war in Ukraine.

In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world’s conflicts.

Addario is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur fellowship, she was part of the New York Times team to win a Pulitzer prize for overseas reporting out of Afghanistan Pakistan, an Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award, and two Emmy nominations. She holds three Honorary Doctorate Degrees for her professional accomplishments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bates College in Maine, and University of York in England.

In 2015, Addario wrote a New York Times Best selling memoir, “”It’s What I Do,”” which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. In 2018, she released her first solo collection of photography, “Of Love and War,” published by Penguin Press.


Fiona has over twenty years’ picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles as well as being a curator, speaker on photojournalism and mentor within the photography community. She was Picture Editor of the Guardian for ten years before taking up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout her career she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11, conflicts around the world, large-scale natural disasters, and the humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers across the globe.

In addition she has judged numerous high profile photographic awards including World Press Photo Awards, the Sony World Photography Awards, The Carmignac Photojournalism Award, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and is a regular nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet Prize.”