Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

See 60 portraits selected from over 5,000 submissions by emerging photographers, established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs.

The fifth Taylor Wessing exhibition features all 60 shortlisted portraits, including the four Taylor Wessing Prize winners and the winner of the inaugural John Kobal New Work Award for photographers under 30.

Don't miss

Spanish-born photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera was awarded first prize for Margarita Teichroeb, her portrait of a Bolivian Mennonite living in the Swift Current Colony. Photography is forbidden in Margarita's culture, so Ruiz Cirera was only able to take two frames to get his prize-winning picture.

The first John Kobal New Work Award was won by American photographer Matthew Niederhauser for The Nine Lives of Ai Weiwei, a photograph taken while the Chinese artist was under house arrest. The deep blue of the studio gates in the background contrasts with the ginger of the cat held by the sitter.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

Entry details

£1 with National Art pass (standard entry £2)

Sat – Wed, 10am – 6pm
Thu – Fri, 10am – 9pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

What the critics say


Outstanding images from eminent photographic masters and students alike


Last year, I was critical of the Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize. This year I helped judge it – and now realise how tough it is to pick a winner