Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Shortlist announced for this prestigious prize

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers from around the world, 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.

Tim Eyles, Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner says: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the National Portrait Gallery. We hope that amateur and professional photographers alike will be inspired to submit their entries to make this year’s competition the best yet.”

The Prize encourages and cultivates new talent, while emphasising the importance of hard work with a forward thinking and creative attitude. These are attributes that we, as an international law firm, also seek to foster and promote. While the legal sector isn’t traditionally associated with creativity, Taylor Wessing is proud to be strongly committed to supporting arts and culture. Our relationship with the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize is based on our joint goal to strive for excellence in all that we do, all of the time. Please visit the National Portrait Gallery website.


For the first time ever, five photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award.

Jasper Clarke for Wen – His shortlisted portrait taken in Hackney is of Wen Wu, a Chinese artist and is from a personal project depicting artists, musicians and other creatives who live in their work spaces. 

David Knight for Andie – His portrait of 15-year-old Andie Poetschka was commissioned by Loud for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to raise awareness of the condition throughout Australia. 

Dona Schwartz for Christina and Mark, 14 months from the series On the NestHer shortlisted portrait is of Christina and Mark Bigelow from Minnesota in their son’s vacated bedroom. The image is from her current series, On the Nest, documenting moments of change in parents’ lives, and this photograph explores the emotions experienced by parents as their children leave home.

Jooney Woodward for Harriet and Gentleman JackHer shortlisted portrait is of 13 year old Harriet Power, a steward at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, photographed in the guinea pig judging enclosure.

Jill Wooster for Of LiliHer portrait is of her friend, Lili Ledbetter and was taken at Wooster’s flat in Peckham. The portrait is part of a series portraying women in their forties and fifties at pivotal stages of their lives.

This is the fourth year that Taylor Wessing has sponsored the Prize. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from over 6,000 submissions entered by 2,506 photographers.

The exhibition will run from 10th November 2011 – 12th February 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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