Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

The finalists of the prestigious portrait photgraphy prize go on display in London.

Since it began in 1993, the international competition – which is judged anonymously – has been open to professional and amateur photographers alike. This year entrants were allowed to submit works as a series and there was no minimum size requirement for prints. 

The exhibition includes David Stewart’s prize-winning portrait of his daughter and her friends. Mirroring a photograph he took of them seven years ago when they were about to start their GCSEs, in this version the girls appear physically close yet the photographer finds there is 'an element of distance between them'. 

His work is joined by the three runners-up for the £12,000 prize, as well as other notable entries chosen from the 4929 submissions.

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Second prize went to Anoush Abrar’s Hector, aphotograph of an infant boy, inspired by Caravaggio’s painting Sleeping Cupid, third to Peter Zelewski’s photograph of a woman he spotted on Oxford Street while working on his series Beautiful Strangers and fourth to Ivor Prickett’s photograph of a displaced Iraqi family who had fled their village near Mosul after Isis took control of the area.


Venue details

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

Entry details

£2 with National Art Pass (standard entry £4)

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

Closed 24 – 26 Dec