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Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize


Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international photographic portrait competition, celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

The prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists.

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world.

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London announced the contenders for this year’s Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize, an annual award running since 1993 that is open to amateurs and professionals.

The year, three portraits were chosen from 5,717 submissions by 2,423 photographers from 66 countries. For the first time, all were entered digitally, with 59 images chosen for the annual exhibition at the NPG.

And the following three photographs have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017:

The portrait of an unnamed girl escaping ISIS is the work of Welsh documentary and portrait photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith. It was shot outside Hasan Sham camp for internally displaced people in northern Iraq, where Trayler-Smith was working on a commission for Oxfam, talking to women who had lived under ISIS and were prepared to be photographed.

The girl was on a convoy of buses bringing people to safety at the camp after a battle broke out hours earlier.

Trayler-Smith said: “I just remember seeing her face looking out at the camp. The shock and the bewilderment in her’s and other’s faces … it made me shudder to imagine what living under ISIS had been like.

“To me, the uncertainty in her face echoes the faces of people having to flee their homes around the world and references a global feeling of insecurity.”

The Madrid-born photographer César Dezfuli is shortlisted for his portrait of Amadou Sumaila, which was taken as he documented the search and rescue operations for migrants on an NGO vessel working along the perilous central Mediterranean route.

Sumaila was photographed, bedraggled but strong and defiant, in international waters 20 miles off the Libyan coast. He has since been transferred to a temporary reception centre for migrants in Italy.

The third shortlisted photographer is Finnish artist Maija Tammi, whose portrait focuses on the artificial intelligence work carried out at the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories in Osaka.

One of Them is a Human #1 is part of a broader series presenting androids alongside one human that questions what it means to be alive.

Tammi said: “I had half an hour with Erica and a young researcher in which to take the photograph. The researcher told me that Erica had said she finds Pokémon Go scarier than artificial intelligence.”

The winner of the £15,000 prize will be announced on 14 November, two days before the exhibition opens. As well as the competition entrants, it will feature previously unseen prints by the American photographer Todd Hido.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition will run at the Gallery from 16 November 2017 to 4 February 2018 before touring to venues around the UK.

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