The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, now celebrating thirteen years under Taylor Wessing‘s sponsorship, is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world and showcases new work submitted by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers.
Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition showcases a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.
This year the exhibition is displayed online, in order to reach a wide international audience and ensure that the competition is able to continue as planned despite the current Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
Online visitors are invited to view the portraits collectively, as well as exploring each individual work in more detail, in a virtual gallery space.
They can also, thanks to the People’s Pick feature, vote for their favourite portrait.
The prize-winning photographs and those selected for inclusion in the exhibition were chosen from 5531 submissions entered by 2169 photographers from 75 countries.
A total of 54 portraits from 37 artists have been selected for display.
Judged anonymously, the diversity of styles in the exhibition reflects the international mix of entries as well as photographers’ individual and varied approaches to the genre of portraiture. Photographers were encouraged to submit works as a series in addition to stand-alone portraits.
You can discover Photography Faculty Tara Bogart’s portraits as well as many other artists’ by visiting the National Portait Gallery’s website below.