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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Is Open For Entries

The National Portrait Gallery is running the popular 'Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize' again where there's a £15,000 prize up for grabs.

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Pat Martin with his winning portraits. Photograph by Jorge Herrera

Pat Martin with his winning portraits from the 2019 instalment of the competition. Photograph by Jorge Herrera


Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020, run by The National Portrait Gallery to celebrate and promote the very best in contemporary portrait photography. 

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world. 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 a third prize of £2,000.

This year's prize will be displayed as a virtual exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery's website, in order to reach a wide international audience and ensure that the competition is able to continue as planned during the current Coronavirus pandemic. The photographs will be displayed in a virtual gallery space that replicates the rooms of the National Portrait Gallery, enabling online visitors to view the portraits collectively, as well as exploring each individual work in more detail. The popular People's Pick feature, which offers the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait, will also run online. The National Portrait Gallery building in London is now closed until spring 2023, while essential building works take place on the Gallery’s Inspiring People redevelopment.

For the sixth 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.

In order to ensure the safety of panel members and Gallery staff, judging for the 2020 competition will be completed digitally. To enter the competition photographers are required to upload their image(s) via the website. All images will be viewed anonymously and digitally by a panel of judges who will collectively select the prize winners and works for exhibition.

You have until 17.00 on Tuesday 22 September 2020 to get your entries in and to reflect the change in format, the 2020 exhibition has been reduced to £20. 

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition featured 55 portraits from 31 artists and was seen by over 42,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery.

Full information about how to enter, including entry forms and rules, can be found online at www.npg.org.uk/photoprize 

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