National Portrait Gallery

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 sponsor 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 2011 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, Taylor Wessing's Managing Partner says: "We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the National Portrait Gallery. We hope that amateur and professional photographers alike will be inspired to submit their entries to make this year’s competition the best yet."

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. Please visit the National Portrait Gallery website.

Call for entries now open

Entry is now open for the Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 international photographic portrait competition, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world.

Organised by the National Portrait Gallery in London, the its diversity of  photographic styles submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs and photography students to established professionals.

In the encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.’

Visit the NPG website to register your entry online before 7 July 2011.

The prize winners and exhibition selection is judged, on an equal and anonymous basis, from original prints. In 2010 the exhibition featured sixty selected works and was seen by over 65,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery. The 2011 Prize exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 November 2011 to 12 February 2012.