Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

National Portrait Gallery

18 October 2018 – 27 January 2019

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The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Joey Lawrence, Portrait of 'Strong' Joe Smart from the series Tombo's Wound, 2017

Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition showcases a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

The prize-winning portraits include photographs of a London mother holding her baby; a child from a remote village in the jungle of Sierra Leone’s Eastern Province; a series on the all-female teams of drum majorettes in South Africa’s Western Province; and a double portrait of a pair of shoppers taken in England’s capital.

The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. The exhibition of 57 works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.

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Saturday to Thursday: 10am – 6pm

Friday Lates: 10am – 9pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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