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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 at Cromwell Place from 27 October to 18 December 2022

Demi, Brummana, Lebanon, 2021, August 2021 from the series Where Do I Go? (Lawen Ruh?) by
Rania Matar © Rania Matar

The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, now celebrating fifteen 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.

Orlando and Wilson, December 2021 by Chris Budgeon © Chris Budgeon

The prize-winning photographs and those selected for inclusion in the exhibition were chosen from 4,462 entries from 1,697 photographers from 62 countries. A total of 51 portraits from 36 artists have been selected for display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 exhibition.

Laundry Day #3, September 2021 From the series Laundry Day by Clémentine Schneidermann © Clémentine Schneidermann

This year’s first prize has been won by Clémentine Schneidermann for portraits from the series Laundry Day, which document the daily chores of her neighbour in South Wales, navigating life in lockdown. The winner will receive the £15,000 first prize. Clémentine Schneidermann is a French photographer, living and working between Paris and South Wales. With a focus on social documentary photography, her approach has a particular interest in communities.

Mother and Daughter, April 2021 from the series Jannah Lies at the Feet of Thy Mother; By Haneem Christian © Haneem Christian

Second prize was awarded to Haneem Christian for Mother and Daughter and Rooted, which explore queerness, transness and the importance of chosen family. The £3,000 Second Prize was awarded to Haneem Christian who is a visual poet and activist, who was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa.

Zahid’s Son, March 2022 from the series The Lost Enchiridion of the Fergana Valley by Alexander
Komenda © Alexander Komenda.

The £2,000 Third Prize was awarded to Alexander Komenda who is a Polish-Canadian documentary photographer and artist, whose work focuses on revealing the nuances of everyday life. Alexander Komenda was awarded third prize for Zahid’s Son, a portrait that examines themes of identity and the post-Soviet landscape in Kyrgyzstan.

Golgotha, January 2021 from the series Ivan: The Divided Self by Gregory John Turner © Gregory
John Turner

This year’s judging panel was chaired by National Portrait Gallery Director, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, who was joined by Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times, Christina Lamb; award-winning photographer, Siân Davey; the Director of Photoworks, Shoair Mavlian; and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 curator, Eva Eicker.

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.

The annual In Focus section of the exhibition showcases new work by internationally-renowned photographers, exhibited alongside the photographs selected anonymously from the competition entries. Since its inaugural display in 2015, photographers have included Pieter Hugo, Cristina de Middel, Ethan James Green, Todd Hido, Rinko Kawauchi and Alessandra Sanguinetti. This year, Jamaican born filmmaker and photographer Jeano Edwards will show a new body of work, shot this Summer in the Dominican Republic.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2022 at Cromwell Place 27 October – 18 December 2022

Full price tickets from £8

Concessions from £4, including an Under 30s weekend ticket

For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery website here

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