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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

Submissions are now being invited for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010, ‘the leading international photographic portrait competition’, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography. Entry is open to photographers from around the world, aged 18 and over.

Organised by the National Portrait Gallery, the Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, encompassing editorial, reportage and fine art images submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs and photography students to professionals.

The winner of the competition will receive £12,000.


In the Prize’s search for excellence, photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.’


The winner of the competition will receive £12,000. In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award one or more cash prizes to the shortlisted photographers.


  1. Photographers:
    • must have been 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2009.
    • can submit up to six photographs.
    • previous winners of the Prize, since and including 2004, are not eligible to enter the competition.
    • must write their name, address, daytime telephone, email address and title of work (indicating if it is part of a series if relevant) on the back of each photograph.
    • the photographer or their representatives warrant that they are fully authorised and entitled to enter into the agreements contained in these rules, in respect of all rights in the work including ownership, copyright, moral rights, the rights of the people (via ‘model releases’, for example), names, trademarks, designs or works of art depicted in the photographs, and that no further permissions or conditions are required to deliver these agreements.
    • the photographer or their representatives agree that the photographs submitted may be exhibited as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at any venue.
    • the photographer or their representatives agree unconditionally that the National Portrait Gallery may reproduce any exhibited photographs for the purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education in direct connection with the Photographic Portrait Prize and exhibition, in all media worldwide including catalogues, posters, postcards, the Internet and within television documentaries, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. The Gallery also reserves the right to reproduce selected images for core non–commercial purposes, for example in the Past Exhibitions page of the Gallery website, indefinitely, as a public record.
    • the photographer will be credited for the use of their work, wherever practicable, as the Photographic Portrait Prize exists in part to raise the profile of the exhibiting artists.
    • the photographer or their representatives agree that the Gallery is entitled to pass on the contact details of the photographer or their representatives to the exhibition sponsor, Taylor Wessing, solely for the purpose of enabling Taylor Wessing to make enquiries about purchasing or commissioning photographs from the photographer.
    • The responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, is the responsibility of the photographer. Photographers are therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover against such risks. The sponsor, the touring venues or the National Portrait Gallery shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.
    • Employees of the National Portrait Gallery and sponsors are not eligible to enter the Prize.
  2. Photographs:
    • must be the Photographer’s own work.
    • must be portraits. ‘Portrait’ may be interpreted in its widest sense, of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with emphasis on their identity as individuals’.
    • must have been taken after 1 January 2009. Photographers must, if required, show proof of the date on which the photograph was taken.
    • can be black and white or colour.
    • must be unmounted and on paper no smaller than 420 x 297mm (A3 size) and no larger than 1015 x 760mm. The image may be smaller than the paper size.
    • must be submitted in transparent protective sleeves in order to protect during judging.
  3. Delivery:
    • all photographs, whether delivered in person or by post/courier, must be received by Friday 6 August 2010. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
    • entrants who deliver their photograph(s) in person during 2-6 August will be given receipt of entry at the time of delivery.
    • entrants whose payments cannot be cashed will be disqualified.
    • all debit/credit card details must be completed and the expiry date must be at least two months after the date of entry.
    • all costs incurred by postal/courier services (including customs charges and any import duties) must be paid for in advance by the photographer. The National Portrait Gallery will refuse to take delivery of any work that may incur charges to the Gallery.

How to enter?

All entry forms must be received in advance, either online or by post, by the 18 July 2010. Please carefully read the How to Enter page before submitting your application.

Entry forms will not be accepted on the day when you deliver your prints.

Delivery address:

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle

Entry fee

The entry fee for this competition is £22 per photograph entered.