The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 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 nearly 6,000 submissions entered by 2,401 photographers. The exhibition will run from 11 November 2010 through to 20 February 2011 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize:
David Chancellor for Huntress with Buck, from the series Hunters;
Panayiotis Lamprou for Portrait of my British wife;
Jeffrey Stockbridge for Tic Tac and Tootsie (twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean) from the series Nowhere but Here;
Abbie Trayler-Smith for Untitled 2 from the series Childhood Obesity.
As well as the first-prize winner and three runners-up, the exhibition will feature the ELLE Commission. For the second year running, ELLE magazine will commission a photographer selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition to shoot a feature story. The ELLE Commission was judged by the fashion magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lorraine Candy, together with the art director, Tom Meredith, and picture editor, Hannah Ridley.
The prizes for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 9 November 2010 at 7pm, along with the winner of the ELLE Commission 2010.
The exhibition opens to the public on Thursday 11 November and will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London until 20 February 2011, before touring to The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 16 April – 26 June 2011, and one further tour venue.
The competition was judged from original prints by: Harry Borden, photographer; Rodney Dukes, Partner and Business Group Director, Taylor Wessing LLP; Jillian Edelstein, photographer; Lucy Davies, Photography Critic, The Telegraph, Picture Editor, Sunday Telegraph SEVEN Magazine, Editor Telephoto; Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair); Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery
Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, says: ‘The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has once again attracted some outstanding photographers from around the world. This is an exciting shortlist.’
Tim Eyles, Managing Partner of international law firm Taylor Wessing says: ‘As in previous years, the entries clearly demonstrate the depth of talent and artistic vision of today’s photographers at both the professional and amateur level.’
A fully illustrated book including photographs from this year’s exhibition features an essay by Lucy Davies, (Photography Critic, The Telegraph, Picture Editor, Sunday Telegraph SEVEN Magazine, Editor Telephoto), and interviews with the prize winners by Richard McClure. Price £15, 72 pages paperback. (Available from 11 November 2010)
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010
11 November 2010 – 20 February 2011
Supported by Taylor Wessing
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
Opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Gallery closure commences at 5.50pm)
Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am – 9pm (Gallery closure commences at 8.50pm)
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