The shortlist for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has been announced.
Mark Rylance by Spencer Murphy © Spencer Murphy.
Making the final shortlist are: Alma Haser for The Ventriloquist, Spencer Murphy for Mark Rylance (above), Jennifer Pattison for Lynne, Brighton and Jordi Ruiz Cirera for Maria Teichroeb.
As well as the first-prize winner, who will receive £12,000, and three runners-up, each of who get the following amount: Second Prize £3,000, Third Prize £2,000, Fourth Prize, £1,000, the exhibition will feature the John Kobal New Work Award. New for 2012 this will be awarded to a photographer under the age of 30 selected for the exhibition. The winning photographer will receive a cash prize of £4,000 to include undertaking a commission from the Gallery to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry.
The prizes for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 and the winner of the inaugural John Kobal New Work Award will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 5 November 2012 at 7pm. The exhibition opens to the public on Thursday 8 November and will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London until 17 February 2013, admission £2.
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