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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

13 November 2015
London based photographer David Stewart was announced as the winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 winning the prestigious title and £12000 cash prize for his image, a group portrait of his daughter and her friends.

The winning portrait ‘Five Girls 2014’ shows the photographer’s daughter with four close friends and mirrors a photograph he took of them seven years ago, which was displayed in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2008. In the original photograph, the friends were about to start their GCSEs and, in the updated version, they have just graduated from university.

Second prize has been awarded to Anoush Abrar for her image ‘Hector’, a photograph of a young boy; third prize was awarded to Peter Zelewski’s ’Nyaueth’ photograph of a woman he spotted on Oxford Street and fourth prize went to Ivor Prickett’s photograph ‘Amira and her Children.’  The John Kobal New Work Award, worth £5,000, was won by Tereza Červeňová for her portrait of her friend Yngvild.

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. For the first time, photographers were encouraged to submit works as a series in addition to stand-alone portraits.

Metro was thrilled to hear that Richard Ansett, a long-standing Metro Imaging client was selected for inclusion in the associated Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition which takes place in London until February 2016. His image ‘Women in the Street’ is his tenth image to be selected for the award’s exhibition and was selected from an incredible 4929 images from 2201 photographers from 70 countries which entered this year’s competition.

Explaining the background to his selected image Richard explains, "The subjects of Women in the Street are Joan and her daughter Jayne, they live in an area of Sheffield called Page Hall which has experienced a substantial change in its cultural demographic since Joan was a child. The image is from a series called 'Hope and Glory' shot whilst on commission for Channel 4. It is not a 'street photograph' in the strictest sense; it is a constructed portrait."

'Women in the Street, produced by Metro can be purchased as a Limited Edition C Type archival print with all profits donated to North London Samaritans, for the support and training of volunteers and to help keep this essential connection open to the most vulnerable members of our community and anyone that faces a moment of crisis. See details below
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Te: 020 7306 0055

Exhibition dates: 12th November 2015 – 21st February 2016
Opening times: Daily: 10:00am - 6:00pm; Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00
Last admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Gallery closes.
Exiting commences ten minutes before the closing time.
The Gallery is closed 24 – 26 December 2015

Ticket prices: £4; Concessions £3

Contact Richard Ansett for details of his Limited Edition Print Sale - £480.00 unframed print, signed on reverse with certificate of authenticity (limited run of 12)

1. © Richard Ansett 2015; Women in the Street, Page Hall, Sheffield, England
2. © David Stewart; Five Girls 2014' (winner)
3. © Peter Zelewski; Nyaueth
4. © Anoush Abrar; Hector
5. © Ivor Prickett / UNHCR / Panos Pictures; Amira and her Children

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