Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Past exhibition archive
1 January 1970 - 31 March 2020

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition, showcases a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

In 2020, the exhibition was displayed online, in a virtual gallery that replicated the rooms of the National Portrait Gallery. Our online exhibition allowed the Gallery to reach a wide international audience and ensure that the competition was able to continue as planned during the Coronavirus pandemic. Online visitors were able to view the portraits collectively, as well as exploring each individual work in more detail.


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Exhibitors and Prize Winners

People's Pick

The People’s Pick offers exhibition visitors the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait in the show. In 2020, 2,601 votes were cast online via the virtual exhibition.

The overall winner was Chiara Gambuto for Bianca bleaching her hair which received 223 votes. In second place, Tim Pearse for Portrait of Rosina with 207 votes, and third went to Will Robson-Scott with Steve McQueen on the set of Small Axe with 184 votes.