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Deadline: 6 July 2009 for online entries (24 July for mail-in entries)
Entry Fee: £18.00 per photograph entered.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Submissions are now being invited for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

This prestigious international competition, has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, encompassing editorial, reportage and fine art images submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs and photography students to professionals.

In the Prize’s search for excellence, photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.’

The selected exhibition will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 5 November 2009 – 14 February 2010.

The winner of the competition will receive £12,000. In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award one or more cash prizes to the shortlisted photographers.

You can submit up to six photograph.

  • must be portraits. ‘Portrait’ may be interpreted in its widest sense, of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with emphasis on their identity as individuals’
  • must have been taken after 1 January 2008. Photographers must, if required, show proof of the date on which the photograph was taken
  • can be black and white or colour
  • must be 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
  • must be submitted in transparent protective sleeves in order to protect during judging

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: ELIGIBILITY: Open to photographers from around the world, aged 18 and over. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The photographer or their representatives agree unconditionally that the National Portrait Gallery may reproduce any exhibited photographs for the purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education in direct connection with the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and exhibition, in all media worldwide including catalogues, posters, postcards, the Internet and within television documentaries, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. The Gallery also reserves the right to reproduce selected images for core non-commercial purposes, for example in the Past Exhibitions page of the Gallery website, indefinitely, as a public record. The photographer will be credited for the use of their work, wherever practicable, as the Photographic Portrait Prize exists in part to raise the profile of the exhibiting artists.

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