National Portrait Gallery


The National Portrait Gallery, London, is now accepting entries to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, a major international photographic competition. Visit the NPG website to enter, visit  and complete the online application form or apply by post by Monday 6 July 2015.


The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 has been awarded to fashion photographer David Titlow for his intimate portrait of his baby son being introduced to a dog. Taken in Rataryd, Sweden the winning portrait was captured the morning after a large midsummer party. ‘Everyone was a bit hazy from the previous day’s excess', says Titlow. 'My girlfriend passed our son to the subdued revellers on the sofa – the composition and back light was so perfect that I had to capture the moment’.

The £12,000 award was presented to the London-based photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 11 November 2014. The winning portrait goes on show at the Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 from Thursday 13 November 2014 until 22 February 2015.

David Titlow (b.1963) works as a photographer in fashion and advertising. He has exhibited widely and has been commissioned by numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Vice and Vanity Fair. Originally a musician from Halesworth in Suffolk, Titlow switched to photography in the early nineties and has since worked in the industry.

The following artists have also been commended in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 and receive the following prizes:

£3,000 Second Prize: Jessica Fulford-Dobson for Skate Girl: The portrait is from the series The Skate Girls of Kabul, which documents young Afghan girls who attend the unique NGO Skateistan. Born out of a small skateboarding school that originated around an old, disused fountain in Kabul in 2007, Skateistan now provides education for children, teaching leadership and cultural awareness.

Jessica Fulford-Dobson (b. 1969) has worked as a freelance photographer since 2000. Her photographs have been widely exhibited throughout Europe and have been published in The Telegraph Magazine, Vogue and the Evening Standard.

£2,000 Third Prize: Birgit Püve for Braian and Ryan: Her portrait is from the series Double Matters for a photography book on twins and triplets living in Estonia. Püve visited the nine-year-old twin boys at their great grandmother’s house in Saue, an area of idyllic countryside outside Tallinn, where she spent a few hours photographing them in different locations in the surrounding land.

Birgit Püve (b. 1978) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been commissioned by publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel and Ryanair Magazine.

£1,000 Fourth Prize: Blerim Racaj for Indecisive Moment: His portrait is from a recent and unpublished series entitled Young Kosovars - a project triggered by the socio-political landscape in Kosovo and high level of unemployment amongst an increasingly young population. The photograph was taken at the base of the National Library, a place chosen by the sitters as an ‘escape zone’.

Blerim Racaj (b. 1964) is a London-based freelance photographer. Racaj grew up in Kosovo and studied Economics before moving to London in 1995. Following the completion of a BTEC course in Photography at City of Westminster College in 2004, early photographs from Racaj’s ongoing project, entitled Kosovars, were published in the British Journal of Photography in 2006. Photographs from the project have since been exhibited in Italy, Kosovo, Croatia and the UK.

This is the seventh year that Taylor Wessing has sponsored the Prize. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from 4,193 submissions entered by 1,793 photographers.

The exhibition ran from Thursday 13 November 2014 until 22 February 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect the portraits of famous British men and women. Today the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world, but it needs to raise sufficient funds to build on this, as well as encouraging public access to its works through outreach and educational programmes.

Taylor Wessing has a long-standing relationship with the National Portrait Gallery and we are immensely proud to be entering our seventh year of sponsoring the Photographic Portrait Prize, which is one of the most internationally recognised competitions in the photographic world.

Our relationship with the Gallery has grown and evolved since we first sponsored The World’s Most Photographed in 2005. The Photographic Portrait Prize is not about capturing an image of the world’s most photographed. Indeed, you will never know who many of the people in the pictures are and may never see these sights in the course of your everyday life. Each image tells its own story and will inevitably evoke its own reaction.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers from around the world, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images.

Tim Eyles, Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP, says ‘As we enter our seventh year of sponsoring the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, we continue to be amazed and inspired by the thousands of photographs that have been submitted. Each entry offered us an intimate insight into the lives of individuals from all around the world. These exquisite winning portraits shone through with their fantastic quality and emotive subjects and our congratulations go to all the shortlisted photographers.’

The Prize encourages and cultivates new talent, while emphasising the importance of hard work with a forward thinking and creative attitude. These are attributes that we, as an international law firm, also seek to foster and promote. While the legal sector isn’t traditionally associated with creativity, Taylor Wessing is proud to be strongly committed to supporting arts and culture. Our relationship with the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize is based on our joint goal to strive for excellence in all that we do, all of the time.