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Entries Now Open For The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

A competition which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography is looking for its next winner.

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Untitled from the series Londoners by Max Barstow 2017 © Max Barstow

'Untitled' from the series 'Londoners' by Max Barstow 2017 © Max Barstow


You have until 11 June 2019 to get your entries in for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 competition. 

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world and photographers are encouraged to interpret 'portrait' in its widest sense, with photography focused on portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.

The winner of the competition will receive £15,000, with second prize receiving £3,000 and third prize £2,000.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 exhibition featured over fifty selected works and was seen by over 40,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery.

To enter the competition, photographers are required to upload their image(s) via the website. All images will be viewed anonymously by a panel of judges and the entrants who are successful in this round will be invited to deliver their work to a venue in London for the final round of physical judging.

For the fifth year running, entrants to the competition are being encouraged to submit works as a series – either a group of individual portraits based on a particular theme or two or more photographs that form a single portrait when shown together – in addition to stand-alone portraits. One series of photographs submitted to the competition may be chosen by the judges to be exhibited in its entirety. There is no minimum size requirement for submitted prints.

Also for the fifth year running there will be an In Focus display within the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition devoted to the work of one distinguished photographer but not part of the competition. This accolade has been awarded to Pieter Hugo in 2015, Cristina de Middel in 2016, Todd Hido in 2017 and Rinko Kawauchi in 2018. 

Full information about how to enter, including entry forms and rules, can be found online.

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