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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

photo portrait of aboriginal woman Merna Beasley, Kurtijar Woman by David Pritchard winner 2021 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 is open for entries, from all photographers, amateur and professional. It is a leading international competition and promotes and celebrates the very best in contemporary photography.

This will be the second year for the exhibition to take place at the arts hub Cromwell Place, London. The exhibition will be from 27 October – 18 December 2022. The National Portrait Gallery building in St Martin’s Place is still undergoing a major redevelopment until 2023.

The winner of the competition will receive £15,000. Also the judges, at their discretion, will award cash prizes to one or more shortlisted photographers. The prize winners and exhibition selection is judged on an equal and anonymous basis. In 2021 the exhibition was held at Cromwell Place and featured a total of 54 portraits from 25 artists.

Deadline for Submissions : Tuesday 31 May 2022 17.00 (5pm) GMT

portrait of two young men with headscarves by Delali Ayivi Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2022

©Delali Ayivi ‘Untitled’ People’s Pick 3rd Place 2021

Rules of Entry
  • Photographers must have been 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2022.
  • Each photographer can submit up to six photographs.
  • Previous first prize-winners, since and including 2008, are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • Each entry costs £20.00 with the maximum amount of entries being 6 per artist.
  • You have to register online via https://competitions.npg.org.uk
  • All images must also be uploaded via the entry portal.
  • By submitting your Entry, you confirm that your Entry is your own original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any UK laws or third-party rights, and that there are no conflicting agreements in place that restrict usage of your Entry. You also confirm that you are the sole owner of the copyright in the Entry.
  • No work previously submitted for the competition is eligible for resubmission.
  • All works entered must be the photographer’s own work.
  • The photographs must be portraits. ‘Portrait’ may be interpreted in its widest sense, of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals’.
  • All photographs must have been taken by the entrant from life after 1 January 2021. . Photographers must, if required, show proof of the date on which the photograph was taken.
  • Photographers may submit up to six individual portraits or portraits in a series. A ‘series’ may mean either a group of separate portraits around a particular theme, or a number of pictures that when shown together combine to make up a single portrait work. The judges may choose to display a series in its entirety within the exhibition.
Image Requirements of Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
  • You can submit up to 6 images, via the online portal. You can access this account at any time. Also you will be able to update, amend or add images (6 images in total) up to the competition deadline.
  • Each image must be saved as a JPG/JPEG and be 3 MB or smaller.
  • Photographs can be black and white or colour.
Photo of older man called Dad in Lockdown by Kois Miah - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

©Kois Miah ‘Dad in Lockdown’ People’s Pick 2nd Place 2021

Photograph Requirements if Selected for the Exhibition
  • You will need to provide the Gallery with a Tiff file of your photograph(s). This be used for the catalogue and exhibition marketing campaign.
  • All photographs must be printed on paper (however, if the artistic process requires it, they may be printed on metal or other suitable surfaces). Each photograph must be un-framed and without a window mount.
  • They must be no larger than 1015 x 760mm and 20 kilos in weight (there are no limitations on how small a work can be).The image may be smaller than the paper size.
  • The photographer 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.
  • All works must be submitted in either transparent protective sleeves (preferred) or similar transparent cover. This will protect the works during judging.
Model Release Forms if Selected for the Exhibition

Your model release form should state that the photographer has full permission to enter and reproduce an image of the person/s featured in the photograph. If a photograph contains an image of a minor (person under the age of 18) then you will be required to submit a minor release form signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor.

Printing your Photographs as Fine Art Prints

Choosing the right quality, tone and texture of paper can make a huge difference to the final photograph you can achieve. At The Artists Print Room we use our years of knowledge and expertise to create stunning giclée prints of your images. We can guide you through our 19 fine art papers, to make the right choice for you. Please feel free to Get in touch and see how we can help.

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photo of woman at coastline Yuki San by Pierre-Elie de Pibrac-Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

©Pierre-Elie de Pibrac ‘Yuki San’ 2nd Place Winner 2021

How the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 competition works
  • All digitally submitted images will be judged in the first round.
  • You will then be notified by 13 June 2022, if you have been selected for the second round of judging. At this time you will also be notified of the collection point address too.
  • For the second round, you will need to deliver your photographs to the collection point between 20-24 June 2022, 09.00 – 17.00 only. You will be able to deliver in person or by courier. Please note no other delivery dates are acceptable. Ensure you have paid all custom charges or import duties. The National Portrait Gallery will refuse to take delivery of any works that may incur charges to the Gallery.
  • You will be notified by 4 July 2022 if your work has been selected for the exhibition.It is the Photographer’s responsibility to contact the National Portrait Gallery if s/he has not received notification by that date.
  • All work not selected for the exhibition must be collected between 6 and 13 July 2022, 09.00 – 17.00, excluding weekends. Please note the photographer must notify the gallery 48 hours in advance for works being collected by courier.
  • The Gallery will return works in the UK, if you provided sufficient stamps for return postage, when you delivered your works.
  • Works (not selected for exhibition) that are at the collection point after 13 July 2022, will be disposed of.
  • Works included in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 exhibition and tour will be available for collection in London at the final tour venue. This will be after the close of the exhibition. You will be able to collect in person or by courier. You will be notified of the dates by the National Portrait Gallery Exhibitions Department.
photo of older brothers at their company called Beck Brothers by Joseph P Smith Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

©Joesph P. Smith ‘Beck Brothers’ People’s Pick 1st Place 2021

Use of your Images by Competition Organisers

It is always important to read the terms and conditions of a competition. You need to be aware of how they will use your image(s). Here at The Artists Print Room, we believe the copyright of any image should remain with the creator of the image. It is usual to expect competition organisers to use your submitted images for promotion of their competition or for producing a catalogue. Be aware of competitions that state in their terms they become the copyright holders of your submitted images.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2022 competition use of images terms

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 the exhibition catalogue and subsequent publications, posters, the Internet (including social media) and within television documentaries, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. The Gallery may also reproduce any exhibited photographs on postcards, exhibition posters, and in the exhibition catalogue. 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 processes of the competition may be filmed, and entering the competition constitutes agreement for a portrait to be included in such filming, whether broadcast or not.

For more information on their terms and conditions, see here.




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