Family Photo Competition

Meet the winners

In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, we ran a photography competition for families, asking them to submit their recreations of Royal portraits in our Collection.

The Gallery’s Youth Forum shortlisted the entries, and we’re pleased to now reveal the three winners selected by photographer Kymara Akinpelumi, whose work was exhibited in last year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Let’s introduce our winners…

First place

Our winning portrait is by Sarah Hogan of her daughter, taking inspiration from coronation portraits of the Queen as well as other historic paintings in our Collection. Sarah described how, “It was a fun project to bond with my daughter who is autistic and struggles with communication and sensory issues. She really enjoyed putting together the outfit and sat still and really focused on the lens - she did a great job.”

Telling us why she selected this photograph to win first place, Kymara explained, “The gaze of this portrait is incredibly compelling and demanded my attention straight away. I was impressed by the sense of playfulness in heroism, which is tied together through the use of the inflatable crown.” She added, “The image shows a captivating authenticity and connection between subject and photographer, and you feel that the subject holds a real story. Strong composition and an absolute stand out. I want to see more.”

Youth Forum member Alice liked, “the look of determination and confidence in her face and how the colour of the background matches the colour of her eyes - whether intentional or not it really adds to the power of the image.”

Second Place

Taking second place is this photograph by Clair Robins of her daughter, inspired by the photographs Dorothy Wilding took of the Queen. Clair explained how, “Dorothy Wilding's photographs of the Queen are so compelling, she has the ability to capture an incredible gaze that often falls beyond the lens. Her photographs are delicate, uncluttered and beautifully simplistic. I admire that she was the first female photographer who had ever officially photographed a monarch.”

Kymara said it was the delicacy of the portrait that drew her to it, noting, “The softness of the eyes and the fragility of the fabrics makes this recreation of the Queen feel untouchable. To carry both sensitivity and power, in portraiture, is of great skill and makes for a wonderful interpretation of Wilding’s work.”

Youth Forum member Eleanor thought that, “they built on elements from the portrait of the Queen to make it their own”. She liked that they used, “lighting very effectively to create a contrast between the soft lighting in the foreground and the stark black background.”

Member Alice added how, “the expression is very regal, elegant and confident - looking away from the camera is unusual and works really well here.”

Third Place

In third place is this image taken by Joanne Wallace of her daughter Annabelle, recreating the Lightness of Being portrait by Chris Levine. Joanne said in the photograph, they were, “trying to capture the calm and serene nature of the original portrait.”

Kymara also highlighted this sense of serenity as her reason for picking the portrait:

“This portrait holds an expanse of calm, and you can feel such a gripping presence without relying on a gaze, which is difficult to do. You are arrested by a stillness that goes beyond the lens. An unmissable recreation.”

Thank you everyone who shared their royal recreations with us, we loved seeing the creativity that went into the photographs!

You can also view the Youth Forum’s spotlight on images of Queen Elizabeth II and keep up-to-date with our Platinum Jubilee celebrations on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.