The prize winners for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 were announced at the awards ceremony on the 9 November 2009 at the National Portrait Gallery:
The First Prize was awarded to David Chancellor for Huntress with Buck from the series Hunters
This portrait of 14-year-old American Josie Slaughter, a skilled hunter from Birmingham, Alabama, is from David Chancellor’s project documenting hunters, the hunted and spaces associated with hunting.
Born in 1961, British photographer David Chancellor lives in South Africa creating documentary reportage and portraiture for clients including magazines and non-governmental organisations. Named Nikon Press Photographer of the Year three times, he also received a World Press Photo Award in 2010 and was included in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009.
Chancellor says: ‘The contrast between the peace and tranquillity of the location, plus Josie’s ethereal beauty and the dead buck, was what I wanted to explore. Here was a vulnerability and yet also a strength.’
The Second Prize was awarded to Panayiotis Lamprou for Portrait of my British wife, 2010 from the series Human Presence
Born in Athens in 1975, Panayiotis Lamprou, was introduced to photography at the ‘Photography Circle’ in Athens in 1998 where he studied under Platon Rivellis. He went on to study further at the Centro de Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia in Spilimbergo, Italy. His intimate shortlisted portrait of his British wife was never intended for public display. The portrait was taken at their summerhouse on the small island of Schinousa in the Aegean Sea on a hot summer’s day. Lamprou says, ‘To me, it expresses female power and independence as well as my devotion to my wife’. .
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The Third Prize was awarded to Jeffrey Stockbridge for Tic Tac and Tootsie (twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean), 2009 from the series Nowhere but Here.
Jeffrey Stockbridge, born 1982 in Woodbine, Maryland, moved to Philadelphia to study photography at Drexel University in 2002. Stockbridge’s shortlisted photograph is of Tic Tac and Tootsie, 20-year-old twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean taken in Kensington, North Philadelphia. The twin sisters, who live on the street and suffer from insomnia, are both addicted to Xanex and have resorted to prostitution to supply their habit.
Stockbridge says, ‘Enduring unthinkable pain on a daily basis, the sisters are both incredibly strong and weak at the same time. Caught in the grip of their addiction, they do whatever it takes to survive, except for getting clean'.
The Fourth Prize was awarded to Abbie Trayler-Smith for Untitled 2, 2010 from the series Childhood Obesity.
Born in South Wales in 1977, Abbie Trayler-Smith studied law at Kings College, London while taking photographs for the student newspaper. Self-trained, she went on to work as a photographer for the Daily Telegraph. Her shortlisted portrait was taken on the second meeting with a girl called Chelsea, from Shine, a group in Sheffield who help teenagers deal with obesity.
Trayler-Smith says, ‘Whilst talking about how it feels to live with the prejudices that come with being overweight, I looked away to change the film in my camera. When I looked back the picture was suddenly there. I shot one frame.’
The winner of the ELLE Commission 2010 is Clare Shilland for her portrait Merel. Shilland will be given the opportunity to shoot a feature story for ELLE magazine. Now in its second year, the ELLE Commission was judged by the fashion magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lorraine Candy, together with the art director, Tom Meredith and picture editor, Hannah Ridley.
Shilland, from South London, met Merel in Milan when she shot her for an Italian magazine. She later took this photograph, near Merel’s home in Antwerp, for her exhibition Girls! Girls! Girls!
Shilland studied at Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. She has shot for clients including Marni, Hardy Amies, Warner Music, Lyle & Scott and H&M, and her photographs have been published in i-D, Italian Rolling Stone, GQ Style and Teen Vogue.