Saturday, 13 June 2009

National Portrait Gallery | Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Call for entries. Closing date for online registration: Monday 6 July 2009

Open to photographers from around the world, aged 18 and over.

The prizewinners and exhibition will be selected by a distinguished judging panel. The winner of the competition will receive £12,000. In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award one or more cash prizes to the shortlisted photographers.

Godfrey Argent Award. The winner of the Godfrey Argent Award receives £2,500. The prize is awarded to either the most outstanding black and white photograph or the best photographer aged twenty-five and under.

More on the website


The First Prize was awarded to Lottie Davies for Quints, 2008 from an ongoing project entitled Memories & Nightmares
Quints, shot on large format, was inspired by her friend Caroline’s nightmare in which she was pregnant with quintuplets.

Drawing on classical imagery of the Madonna and Child, Davies also took inspiration from several visits to the National Gallery, replicating the darkness and colours found in Caravaggio and Titian to portray the ‘calm and serenity of motherhood, as well as the feeling of imprisonment.’

The Second Prize 2008 was awarded to Hendrik Kerstens for Bag, 2007. Third Prize to Catherine Balet for Ines connected with Amina, 2007 from the series Connected. And the Fourth Prize went to Tom Stoddart for Murdoch Reflects, 2007 commissioned by Time magazine.

Godfrey Argent Award 2008 is for the photographer who submitted the best portrait in black and white : Vanessa Winship for Sweet Nothings, 2007 from the series Sweet Nothings.

The 2008 competition attracted over 2,500 photographers who together submitted more than 6,700 images. The resulting exhibition of sixty works, includes the four prize-winners and the winner of the Godfrey Argent Award, which this year goes to the photographer who submitted the best portrait in black and white.

?? Winner(s) 2008 info + link ?? (See more on BBC)

Winner 2007 : Jonathan Torgovnik - See all winners 2007

Winner 2006 : Richard Boll - See all winners 2006

Winner 2005 : Shara Henderson - See all winners 2005

"This prestigious international competition, has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, encompassing editorial, reportage and fine art images submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs and photography students to professionals".

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