A quick post from the TW Photo Portrait Prize on the shortlist announcement. No time to upload press images at bigger sizes, will do this evening, but for now, here are the selected images and info about the photographers. And remember, Portrait Salon, see earlier post, is still calling for any ‘unselected’ entries to this prize for a projection it is planning. And congratulations to Dona Schwartz, who I met last year to look at her project Empty Nest, it’s good to see that one of her images got through as it is tough competition. The rest are new to me. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 8 November and the exhibition will open to the public on Thursday 10 November at the National Portrait Gallery, London and runs until 12 February 2012.
© Jasper Clarke for Wen
Press release: “For the first time ever, five photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the prize is sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing.
© Jooney Woodward for Harriet and Gentleman Jack
“The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from over 6,000 submissions entered by 2,506 photographers.
© Dona Schwartz for Christina and Mark, 14 months from the series On the Nest
“As well as the first-prize winner and four runners-up, the exhibition will feature the ELLE Commission. For the third year running, ELLE magazine will commission a photographer selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition to shoot a feature story. The ELLE Commission was judged by the fashion magazine’s creative director, Marissa Bourke, together with the art director, Tom Meredith, and picture editor, Flora Bathurst.
“With its substantial prize fund and high-profile exhibition and tour, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize continues the Gallery’s long tradition of championing the very best contemporary portrait photography. The following five photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011.”
© David Knight for Andie
© Jill Wooster for Of Lili
See over for info on each of the shortlisted photographers…