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TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2021 at Cromwell Place from 10 November 2021 until 2 January 2022

Three international photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021, the prestigious photography award organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London. The shortlisted works will be displayed in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 exhibition at Cromwell Place, a new arts hub in South Kensington, London from the 10 November 2021 until 2 January 2022, while the Gallery’s building in St Martin’s Place is closed for major redevelopment works.

Selected by a panel of judges from 5,392 entries from 2,215 photographers, the shortlisted photographers are:

Katya Ilina for her portrait David

Pierre-Elie de Pibrac for his series of portraits Hakanai Sonzai

David Prichard for Tribute to Indigenous Stock Women in Queensland, Australia.

The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, now celebrating fourteen years under Taylor Wessing‘s sponsorship, is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world and showcases new work submitted by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers. The winner of the first prize will receive £15,000. The second prize-winner receives £3,000 and the third prize £2,000. The winner will be announced on Monday 8 November 2021.

The prize-winning photographs and those selected for inclusion in the exhibition were chosen from 5,392 submissions entered by 2,215 photographers from 62 countries. A total of 55 portraits from 26 artists have been selected for display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 exhibition.

Judged anonymously, the diversity of styles in the exhibition reflects the international mix of entries as well as photographers’ individual and varied approaches to the genre of portraiture. Photographers were again encouraged to submit works as a series in addition to stand-alone portraits.

This year’s judging panel was chaired by National Portrait Gallery Director, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, who was joined by curator Mariama Attah from the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool; photographer and Chair of the Southbank Centre, Misan Harriman; curator and writer, Dr Susan Bright, and National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator, Photographs, Magda Keaney.

For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery website here

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