Entry for the National Portrait Gallery's Annual Photo Prize is Now Open


The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is an international competition, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography. Submissions are now open until 5pm on 31 May, 2022.

While the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent building in St Martin’s Place undergoes a major transformation, for the second year in a row we are thrilled to host the shortlisted entrants for their prestigious annual prize.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is one of the most competitive photography awards in the world and showcases the work of the most exciting and cutting-edge contemporary photographers. 2021’s showcase featured 54 portraits from 25 artists and works submitted in 2022 will again be exhibited in the Pavilion Gallery at Cromwell Place. The exhibition will open in London from 27 October - 18 December 2022.

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world, whether a leading professional, a talented amateur or an exciting emerging artist. Photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense, with photography focused on portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals. The winner of the competition will receive £15,000, with second prize receiving £3,000 and third prize £2,000.

To enter the 2022 competition, photographers are required to upload their image(s) via the National Portrait Gallery’s new competition platform. All images will be viewed anonymously by a panel of judges who will collectively select the prize winners and works for exhibition. 

The digital platform can be accessed via: www.competitions.npg.org.uk.

Full information about how to enter, including entry forms and rules, can be found via the Nation Portrait Gallery's website.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which showcases talent from all around the world, mirrors our ethos to provide a London base for our international membership.
Elizabeth Dellert Membership & Development Director
Installation View, 2021. Photo: Pedro Lima

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