17 November 2016 – 26 February 2017

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 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 features 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.

The selected images, many of which will be 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. The exhibition of fifty-seven works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.


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Vote for your favourite portrait in the exhibition for the chance to win a Leica Sofort camera and Afternoon Tea for Two.

Follow takeovers from curators and exhibiting photographers for extra insight into this year’s competition.

Sign up to be the first to hear when entry for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 in May 2017 opens.