The winner of the competition will receive £12,000.
In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award cash prizes to one or more shortlisted photographers.
All selected photographers under the age of 30 will also be eligible for the John Kobal New Work Award. The winning photographer will receive £4,000 and a commission from the Gallery to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry.
The prize winners and exhibition selection is judged, on an equal and anonymous basis, from original prints. Judges are provided with procedures relating to the process, the judging and conflicts of interest.
This year’s judging panel includes:
Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair)
Kate Bush, Head of Barbican Art Galleries
Suki Dhanda, Photographer
Tim Eyles, Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing
Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery
Rebecca Valentine, Photographic Agent
In 2012 there were four prize-winners and the exhibition of sixty selected works was seen by over 65,000 people at the Gallery.