NEWS: National Portrait Gallery Calls for Entries For Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize

The annual international competition celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

L-R: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 winners: Laundry Day #2 from the series Laundry Day by Clémentine Schneidermann © Clémentine Schneidermann; Mother and Daughter from the series Jannah Lies at the Feet of Thy Mother by Haneem Christian © Haneem Christian; Zahid’s Son by Alexander Komenda © Alexander Komenda. 

The National Portrait Gallery has announced that entries open for its annual  annual photography prize until the until 10pm on 22nd May 2023.

To celebrate the Prize’s return the National Portrait Gallery, following the redevelopment of its building, a number of new initiatives have been introduced to make the Prize more accessible than ever before. Photographers in receipt of Universal Credit or Pension Credit can enter this year’s Prize for free, and a new discount is in place for photographers who receive Disability Benefits, who are students or are between the ages of 18 and 25.

The works selected will be exhibited at the renovated National Portrait Gallery, following its reopening on the 22nd June 2023. This follows two years of exhibiting externally, during which time the Gallery was closed for redevelopment. The exhibition will open in London on 9 November 2023 and will run until 25 February 2024.

The competition is open to anyone everyone aged 18 and over from around the world, whether a leading professional, a talented amateur or an exciting emerging artist. 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. This year’s judging panel will be chaired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Director, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, who will be joined by Senior Curator at The Photographer’s Gallery, Karen McQuaid; novelist and photographer, Caleb Azumah Nelson; photographer and filmmaer, Campbell Addy; and the National Portrait Gallery’s Curator of Photography, Sabina Jaskot-Gill.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan Director, National Portrait Gallery said: “The Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize is in its sixteenth year, which makes it one of the longest running arts partnerships. Following on from the superb renovation of the gallery space, we are delighted to see the return of the Prize to the National Portrait Gallery this year. The Prize attracts some of the very best images in contemporary portrait photography. We are looking forward to seeing those fantastic images on the walls of the renovated gallery.

To enter the competition photographers are required to upload their image(s) via the National Portrait Gallery’s competition platform. All images will be viewed anonymously by a panel of judges who will collectively select the prize winners and works for the exhibition. The digital platform can be accessed via The entry fee for the competition is £21 per image. Full information about how to enter, including entry forms and rules, can be found online.

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