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Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Finalists 2013

Every year the National Portrait Gallery exhibits a score of outstanding photographs for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. Selected anonymously from over 5000 submissions, judges choose images they feel are the most captivating of 2013. Taylor Wessing’s unique selection process results in an extensive collection of portraits in editorial, advertising, and fine art from around the world. Among the four shortlisted artists, the winning photographer will be awarded £4,000 and a commission from the National Portrait Gallery. These four finalists featured will show with 60 other photographers from November 14th, 2013 to February 9th, 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.

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.

*** ‘Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014′ press view at the National Portrait Gallery, London

First Prize: David Titlow, Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow, 2014, © David Titlow.

The Taylor Wessing Prize brings together the work of international contemporary artists and skilled enthusiasts in order to celebrate their diverse approaches to photographic portraiture. From intimate gatherings, to unapologetic close-ups, this year’s entrants have explored themes of family, childhood, cultural diversity, self-reflection, and the aftermath of tragedy. It’s easy to forget how powerful the medium of photography can be when you’re so used to looking at painting and sculpture!

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