2016 First Prize: Thembinkosi Fanwell Ngwenya 2016 from the series Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare by Claudio Rasano, February 2016 © Claudio Rasano
The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is an opportunity for young shooters, amateurs and established professional photographers to showcase their work, ranging from contemporary interpretations of the genre to more traditional portraiture. The winning photographer earns £15,000. The competition is open to photographers 18 and older, and from across the world. Entry begins May 2017 for this year’s contest.
The works of the 2016 winners are part of an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery through February 26, 2017.
Additionally, each year the John Kobal New Work Award is given to a photographer under age 35 whose work has been selected for the exhibition. The winner receives earns £5,000 and is commissioned to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry for the National Portrait Gallery Collection. The exhibition also includes In Focus, an annual showcase of new work by an internationally renowned photographer.