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.
Exhibitors and Prize Winners
I Don't Want My Son To Be Afraid of Me, DMZ – Iraqi border
by Alfonso De Gregorio
Columbiere Tipungwuti (Jilamara artists)
Raymond Bush (Jilamara artists)
by Tobias Titz
Indecisive moments: Embrace
Indecisive moments: Choice
by Lloyd Ramos
Iio Ryoyi, Gardener, Hiroshima, Japan
Makenzie Hazelton, Cancer Survivor, Korrawartha, Australia
Myuki Tomi, Chef, Nozawa, Japan
by Ingvar Kenne
Brillen Doppel [Double Glasses]
by Nina Röder
Olga: Age 74. Working in quarry for 28 years
Olga's Sledge Hammer
by Dan Nelken
Lee Ga-yeon, North Korean Defector
by Tim Franco
Three generations of the Diaz family from Medellin, Colombia
Leonor with bitten into watermelon
by Sophia Evans
Pam Sweeny at her burnt home in Cobargo, New South Wales
Uncle Noel Butler and Trish Butler at their Burnt Home, Nura Gunyu, near Milton, New South Wales
by Gideon Mendel
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.