John Kobal New Work Award
As well as the three prize-winners, the exhibition will feature the John Kobal New Work Award. For the sixth consecutive year, this will be awarded to a photographer whose work has been selected for the exhibition. The winning photographer will receive a cash prize of £5,000 to include undertaking a commission from the Gallery to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry. For the second year, the prize will be awarded to a photographer under the age of thirty-five. Previously it was awarded to a photographer under the age of thirty.
The John Kobal New Work Award commission was launched in 2012 by the John Kobal Foundation and represents a significant achievement for young photographers, particularly as each commissioned portrait becomes part of the Gallery’s Collection. The first commission saw the American photographer Matthew Niederhauser take a striking portrait of Andrea Riseborough, who had recently portrayed Wallis Simpson in the film W.E. (2011). The 2013 Award recipient, the Czech photographer Hana Knizova, photographed Olivia Colman reclining in an elegant tuxedo in a disused Victorian house in Stoke Newington. Laura Pannack was the recipient of the 2014 Award and photographed the Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones in the Walthamstow Marshes.
The most recent commissioned portrait is Tereza Červeňová’s photograph of actor Jack O’Connell, currently starring with Sienna Miller in the West End production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Červeňová won the commission following her selection as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibition, her photograph of Jack O’Connell was taken at his family home in Derby.
by Tereza Červeňová, 2017
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