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NPG call for entries in Taylor Wessing Photographic Portait Prize 2011


The National Portrait Gallery, located in the heart London, has announced it is calling for entries in the influential Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011. The competition is open to all photographers aged 18 and over and the First Prize winner will receive not only £12,000 but also widespread recognition. The resulting exhibition of work will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 10 November 2011 until 12 February 2012. One of the exhibiting photographers will also be selected to shoot a feature story for ELLE magazine, at standard commissioning rates and expenses. Please see below for more details, including the entry submission criteria.

UPDATE 16 May 2011, the entry fee for the competition is £23 ($37) per photograph. All entry forms must be received in advance, either online or by post, by 7 July 2011

Press release:


10 May 2011
The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is 7 July 2011. To enter, visit and complete the online application form.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 is open to all photographers over the age of 18 and provides an important platform for portrait photographers including gifted amateurs, students and professionals of all ages. Around 60 photographers will be selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, and the winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 will receive £12,000. The exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 10 November 2011 until 12 February 2012.
For the third year running ELLE magazine will commission a photographer selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition to shoot a feature story for the magazine. Clare Shilland won the second ELLE Commission in 2010 for her portrait Merel.
Last year the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize attracted nearly 6,000 entries and was won by David Chancellor, for his portrait Huntress with Buck. Prizes were also awarded to Panayiotis Lamprou, Jeffrey Stockbridge and Abbie Trayler-Smith.
Tim Eyles, Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing 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. As a multi-jurisdictional law firm we are proud to support an international competition that reflects our own firm-wide commitment to developing talent and supporting the arts, and which provides such pleasure and inspiration to those who take part and visit the exhibition. We hope that amateur and professional photographers internationally will be inspired to submit their entries to make this year’s competition the best yet.’
A 72 page catalogue (RRP £15) featuring all the selected photographs will accompany the exhibition.
Notes to Editors
        Call for entries information may be downloaded at or by sending a stamped addressed A4 envelope to:
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
    •    The First Prize winner receives £12,000. In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award one or more cash prizes to the shortlisted photographers.
    •    ELLE magazine will choose one photographer selected for the exhibition to shoot a feature story. They will pay standard commissioning rates and expenses to the photographer chosen. ELLE is the world’s biggest-selling fashion magazine with 39 editions worldwide. The British edition of ELLE sells 195,455 copies a month (ABC January-December 2009). The Gallery is very grateful to ELLE magazine for their collaboration.


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