Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2018 open for entries

17 April 2018


Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography. The National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize has been sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing since 2008.

Since the international competition began in 1993, works have been submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists. The 2017 exhibition featured over fifty selected works and was seen by over 40,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery.

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world. Photographers are encouraged to interpret portrait in its widest sense of photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.

Entrants to the competition are being encouraged to submit works as a series – either a group of individual portraits based on a particular theme, or two or more photographs that form a single portrait when shown together – in addition to stand-alone portraits. One series of photographs submitted to the competition may be chosen by the judges to be exhibited in its entirety.

There will be an In Focus display within the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition devoted to the work of one distinguished photographer but not part of the competition. 

The winner of the competition will receive £15,000.

To enter visit: npg.org.uk/photoprize

Competition closes: 23.59 on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

Exhibition opens: 18th October 2018 - 27th January 2019

National Portrait Gallery,
St Martin’s Place,

General information: 0207 306 0055 

Picture copyright: Fleeing Mosul from the series Women in War Life After ISIS by Abbie Trayler-Smith © Abbie Trayler-Smith