'Kofi Annan' by Anoush Abrar, 2013 © Anoush Abrar, one of the four shortlisted entries.
Four photographers have been shortlisted for this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the £12,000 prize is sponsored for the sixth time by international law firm Taylor Wessing.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from 5,410 submissions entered by 2,435 photographers, an increase of 85 entries on last year.
As well as the four prize winners, the exhibition will feature the John Kobal New Work Award. For the second consecutive year, this will be awarded to a photographer under the age of 30 who work has been 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. It will be announced on 12 November 2013 along with the winner.
The shortlisted entries are as follows
Anoush Abrar for 'Kofi Annan'
Dorothee Deiss for 'The twins'
Spencer Murphy for 'Katie Walsh'
Giles Price for 'Kumbh Mela Pilgrim Mamta Dubey and infant'
The exhibition opens on 14 November 2013 and is on until 9 February 2014. Entry will be £3. For more information and to view all the shortlisted images, take a look at the National Portrait Gallery website