Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 - Call for Entries

The National Portrait Gallery in London has published the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010.

The closing date for this very prestigious competition is 18th July 2010 and you can find out who can enter and how to enter below.

I've not featured the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize on this blog previously - but am going to do this year since discovering that it was one of the Top 10 Art Exhibitions in the UK in 2009 The National Portrait Gallery's exhibition for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 actually came sixth in terms of the number of visitors.

Call for Entries: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

Submissions are now being invited for the
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010, ‘the leading international photographic portrait competition’, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography. Entry is open to photographers from around the world, aged 18 and over. The winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 will receive £12,000.

Around 60 photographers will be selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which in 2009 received nearly 250,000 visitors.

Rosie Bancroft, 2008 by Paul Floyd Blake
1st Prize in Taylor Wessing Prize 2009
© Paul Floyd Blake

Last year the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize received 6,301 entries and was won by Paul Floyd Blake, 47, for his portrait of 13-year-old swimmer Rosie Bancroft, who hopes to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games. Prizes were also awarded to Vanessa Winship, Michal Chelbin and Mirjana Vrbaski.

This is an interview with Paul Floyd Blake who won the Taylor Wessing prize in 2009

Who can enter

Basically if you were over 18 on 1 January 2009, live anywhere in the world and can create a portrait using a camera then you should study the entry requirements.

In the past entries have been submitted by gifted amateurs, photography students and professional photographers.

What you can enter

You can enter up to 6 photographs taken after 1 January 2009 (and you must be able to demonstrate proof of this).

The photographs MUST be:
  • all your own work (ie you must be able to assert copyright)
  • portraits - which can interpreted in its widest sense, of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with emphasis on their identity as individuals’
  • unmounted and on paper no smaller than 420 x 297mm (A3 size) and no larger than 1015 x 760mm. The image may be smaller than the paper size
  • submitted in transparent protective sleeves in order to protect during judging

The exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 11 November 2010 - 20 February 2011, admission £1, before touring to The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 16 April - 26 June 2011, and one further tour venue.

A 72 page catalogue (RRP £15) featuring all of the selected photographers accompanies the exhibition.


The awards are not insignificant and are as follows:
  • The First Prize winner receives £12,000;
  • Second Prize £3,000;
  • Third Prize £2,000, and
  • Fourth Prize £1,000.
ELLE magazine (UK) 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 with the British edition selling 195,455 copies a month (ABC January-December 2009).

The judging panel for 2010 - whose descision is final - will include:
  • Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair)
  • Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery
How to Enter

The 'call for entries' information can be downloaded at www.npg.org.uk/photoprize or by sending a stamped addressed A4 envelope to:
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London WC2H OHE

Last things first:
  • the deadline for your entry form is midnight on Sunday18th July 2010
  • the dates for delivering work are between 2 – 6 August 2010
Call for entries information can be obtained by
  • downloading from www.npg.org.uk/photoprize
  • or by sending a stamped addressed A4 envelope to: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE
Entry forms

This year sees the introduction of a new entry process.
  • You can enter online by completing an ENTRY FORM.
  • Alternatively you can email your enquiry to photoprize@npg.org.uk
  • All online entries MUST be received by Midnight UK time on Sunday 18 July 2010
  • Entry forms will NOT now be accepted on the day when you deliver your prints.
  • All entry forms must be received in advance, either online or by post, by the 18 July 2010.
Entrants are advised to read the entry instructions carefully below before submitting their applications.
Please do not send anything direct to the National Portrait Gallery as works will not be accepted and returned to the shipper
Delivery & Collection Date

Guidelines for the delivery/return of postal/courier entries will be provided once your entry has been received.

All photographs must be delivered to: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010
(Reception) London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB

All works must be delivered between: Monday 2 – Friday 6 August 2010 (09.00 – 17.00 hrs only).
  • Entrants who deliver their photograph(s) in person during 2-6 August will be given receipt of entry at the time of delivery
  • Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
  • All costs incurred by postal/courier services (including customs charges and any import duties) must be paid for in advance by the photographer.
  • Entrants whose payments cannot be cashed will be disqualified
Important – application forms will not be accepted during this week. Applications MUST be received in advance, either online or by post, by Sunday 18 July 2010.

Collection of work not accepted: Photographers will be notified of the judges’ decision by email or by post by Wednesday 25 August 2010. Works not collected by 10th September will be disposed of.

Unexhibited photographs may only be collected from the London College of Communication:
  • by courier (if arranged and paid by the Photographer) between Tuesday 31 August and Friday 3 September 2010, 09.00 – 17.00
  • in person between 6 – 10 September 2010, 09.00 – 17.00
Provided the Photographer has included sufficient return postage in UK stamps on entry, photographs sent from within the UK will be returned to a UK address

Further information is available from the National Portrait Gallery website.


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