Call for entries to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Alice Mann’s all-female drum majorette series wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

The National Portrait Gallery, London is inviting submissions from now until 23.59 on Tuesday 11 June 2019. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world.

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.

The National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize, sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing since 2008, is one of the most competitive photography awards in the world and showcases the work of some of the most exciting and cutting-edge contemporary photographers.

Since the international competition began in 1993, it 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.

Alice Mann’s all-female drum majorette series wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Alice Mann’s all-female drum majorette series wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

In 2018, its exhibition featured over fifty selected works and was seen by over 40,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery.

To enter the competition photographers are required to upload their image or images via the website. All will be viewed anonymously by a panel of judges and the entrants who are successful in this round will be invited to deliver their work to a venue in London for the final stage of physical judging.

For the fifth year running, 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.

Alice Mann’s all-female drum majorette series wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Alice Mann’s all-female drum majorette series wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Alice Mann’s all-female drum majorette series wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Alice Mann’s all-female drum majorette series wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

One series of photographs submitted to the competition may be chosen by the judges to be exhibited in its entirety. There is no minimum size requirement for submitted prints.

Also for the fifth year running 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. This accolade has been awarded to Pieter Hugo in 2015, Cristina de Middel in 2016, Todd Hido in 2017 and Rinko Kawauchi in 2018.

For all the information about how to enter, including entry forms and rules, go to npg.org.uk/photoprize. Entries are now being accepted. Deadline for submissions: 23.59 Tuesday 11 June 2019.