First Prize

Five Girls 2014
by David Stewart, 2014
© David Stewart

Born in Lancaster, England, David Stewart began his career photographing punk bands, including The Clash and The Ramones, and the colourful characters seen on Morecambe Promenade. After graduating at Blackpool and The Fylde College, Stewart moved to London in 1981 and works on a mix of personal projects and commissions. His photograph Five Girls 2014 is of his daughter and her friends, and mirrors a photograph he took of them seven years ago when they were about to start their GCSEs.

Stewart says: ‘I have always had a fascination with the way people interact – or, in this case, fail to interact, which inspired the photograph of this group of girls. While the girls are physically very close and their style and clothing highlight their membership of the same peer group, there is an element of distance between them.’

The original photograph of the five girls was displayed in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2008 exhibition and this year is the sixteenth time Stewart has had a photograph in the exhibition.

See David Stewart’s Five Girls entry from 2008 here


Prize Winners

FIRST PRIZE: Five Girls 2014

First Prize: £12,000
by David Stewart, 2014
© David Stewart

SECOND: Hector

Second Prize: £3,000
by Anoush Abrar, 2014
© Anoush Abrar

THIRD: Nyaueth

Third Prize: £2,000
by Peter Zelewski, 2015
© Peter Zelewski

John Kobal New Work Award

John Kobal New Work Award
by Tereza Červeňová, 2014
© Tereza Červeňová

FOURTH: Amira and her children

Fourth Prize: £1,000
by Ivor Prickett, 2014
© Ivor Prickett/UNHCR/Panos Pictures