taylor wessing portrait prize

NPG commissions new photograph of This Is England and Skins actor Jack O'Connell

Jack O’Connell by Tereza Červeňová, 2017 © National Portrait Gallery, London

A striking newly-commissioned photograph of actor Jack O’Connell has been announced by the National Portrait Gallery, coinciding with O’Connell’s appearance as Brick in the West End production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

The portrait, taken by London-based Slovakian photographer Tereza Červeňová, was commissioned through the John Kobal New Work Award. This prize is awarded annually to a photographer under 35 whose work is selected for display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Červeňová took this honour in 2015.

Červeňova’s photograph of Jack O’Connell was taken at his family home in Derby in March 2017. It challenges the ‘angry youth’ image associated with so many of his acting roles, instead showing a hint of vulnerability as he’s depicted reflected through a window in a semi-abstracted composition that plays with light and lines.

Jack O’Connell by Tereza Červeňová will go on display in the National Portrait Gallery in 2018.

Woman with a veil 

Every year I enter the “THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE” and every year I hope to get in and every year I don’t! :(

It’s so frustrating but I am not giving up, I will enter again next year.

Below is their reply:
“I wanted to thank you for entering the competition this year. The judges have now made their final selection and I am sorry to inform you that on this occasion your work has not been selected for exhibition.

However, I did want to let you know that your photograph did make it through to the second round of judging which included around 346 images. This year we had a total of 4,303 prints submitted into the competition from 1,842 photographers so the competition was very strong.”

Samuel Bradley - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

We are thrilled to be able to announce that Samuel’s portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch, commissioned by OUT magazine, has been selected as part of the 2015 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery opens today and will run until 21st February 2016.

Hana Knizova, Olivia Colman, 2014, © Hana Knizova.

To coincide with the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 - read my review of the show here - the National Portrait Gallery is displaying this stunning new composition from Czech photographer Hana Knizova. Featuring the wonderful talent that is British actress Olivia Colman, famed for her roles in The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur and Broadchurch, the piece was commissioned through the John Kobal New Work Award.

Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.