Photo Portrait Prize 2023
Free for Members and Patrons
9 November 2023 - 25 February 2024
£8.50 / £9.50
The Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize returns to the Gallery in St Martin’s Place after three years. Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition celebrates a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works. The selected images, many of which are on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. In addition to first, second and third prizes, the National Portrait Gallery has also launched a new £8,000 commission.
This year’s In Focus display will feature work by Moroccan-British artist Hassan Hajjaj.
Download our digital guide on Bloomberg Connects to unlock audio from the winning photographers, the In Focus Photographer Hassan Hajjaj, and curator Sabina Jaskot-Gill, to support your exhibition visit.
Congratulations to our prize winners for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2023, who were announced at our Awards Ceremony on 6 November 2023.
Explore works by all of the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023 exhibiting photographers and vote for your favourite artist in the People’s Pick competition.
The People’s Pick offers you the opportunity for you to choose your favourite photographer in the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023. Vote on the Exhibitors page and be entered into a competition for the chance to win a meal for two at The Portrait Restaurant on the Gallery’s fourth floor. Led by acclaimed chef Richard Corrigan, the winner will enjoy the best of seasonal ingredients from the British Isles, whilst taking in panoramic views of the London skyline. Terms and conditions apply.
1. The People’s Pick winner will be counted from entries made before Sunday 18 February 2024. All entries after this date will be valid for the prize draw (until close of exhibition Sunday 25 February 2024).
2. Closing date for the competition is 25 February 2024. All entries will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will be drawn at random and notified by email by 10 March 2024. The winner must claim their prize by 1 March 2024 or it will be considered forfeited and another draw will take place.
3. Entrants must be 18 or over.
4. Entry is limited to one per person.
5. Subject to availability.
6. Entries made using automated competition entry systems or similar are not allowed.
7. The winning entrant will be chosen at random by the National Portrait Gallery from all completed and valid entries received by the closing date. The decision is final and non-negotiable.
8. The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value at its own discretion.
9. The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.
10. By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
11. Employees of the National Portrait Gallery and Searcys and their families, agents or anyone else connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.
12. No cash alternative. Not transferable and non-refundable.
13. The competition is run by the National Portrait Gallery Marketing Department.
14. The Gallery is situated at St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE, Tel: +44 (0) 207 7306 0055.
15. The winner will receive a three-course meal for two people, consisting of a starter, main and dessert and a glass of wine each at The Portrait Restaurant. This amount cannot be used as a credit towards other drinks or menu items.
2023’s In Focus Photographer is Hassan Hajjaj. Living and working between London and Marrakesh, Hajjaj’s vibrant portraits embrace diverse cultural influences – incorporating references to Western pop art and African studio portraiture, and mixing traditional Moroccan fabrics and motifs with contemporary streetwear and maximalist styling. His work resists stereotypes to fashion a unique representation of Hajjaj’s own experience of living between British and North African cultures.
Hajjaj’s work is held in the collections of some of the world’s most prestigious museums globally, including the V&A, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Hajjaj will exhibit a new series of never-before-seen works at the 2023 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition.
Fully illustrated in colour throughout, the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023 catalogue includes interviews with all prize-winning photographers, alongside extended captions for each exhibited work and insights from the judges. This book provides a unique opportunity to see an inspiring range of portraits from contemporary photographers selected from thousands of submissions. An in-depth interview with this year’s celebrated In Focus Photographer, Hassan Hajjaj, showcases his vibrant, expressive portraits, which embrace diverse cultural influences and reflect on his life between Britain and Morocco.
School and group visits
School groups of 10+ can book for £3 per student for Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023. Advanced bookings only.
Exhibition and Lecture: Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
Weekdays, every hour on the hour, 11.00-16.00
£29 per person
Exclusively for your group, this lecture provides a comprehensive introduction to the exhibition, followed by the opportunity to spend as long as you wish in the exhibition itself. Discover more about contemporary photography and the international photographers featured in the exhibition, our annual, international photography competition.
The price per person includes lecture and exhibition ticket. Terms and conditions apply.
Members' Late - David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 23
Join us for a Members’ Late to view David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
Smartphone photography portrait workshop: how to capture your friends and family
- Adult Programmes
A two-hour workshop inspired by the themes of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize, uncovering the secrets of taking better portraits on your smartphone.
In conversation with Hassan Hajjaj and Rose Issa
- Adult Programmes
Join Rose Issa in conversation with this year’s In Focus Photographer for the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize, Hassan Hajjaj.
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The call for entries is closed.
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