Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022


The annual
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
is a truly international competition, that celebrates the very best in
contemporary portrait photography. It attracts entries from photographers –
both amateur and professional – from all over the world.

Submissions are invited by
the deadline of 5pm on 31 May 2022
a brand new digital platform, specially developed for this year’s Prize.

The winner of the competition receives a prize of £15,000. In
addition, the judges, at their discretion, will award cash prizes to one
or more of the shortlisted photographers.

Call for Entries

Who can enter?

  • Photographers must have been 18 years of age or over on 1 January

What can you enter?

  • Each photographer can submit up to six photographs.
  • Every photograph has to be a portrait
  • Each image must be saved as a JPG/JPEG and be 3 MB or smaller.

What does it cost to enter?

  • Each entry costs £20.00 per portrait (i.e. NOT per photographer)
  • If you make the second round: All costs incurred by postal/courier
    services (including customs charges and any import duties) must be paid
    for in advance by the photographer
  • Plus the cost of insurance for the exhibit (see Rule 1.17)
  • All debit/credit card details must be completed and the expiry date must
    be at least two months after the date of entry.

Note: If your second round entry incurs unpaid costs its delivery will be rejected by the

How to enter?

The photographer or their representatives warrant that they are fully
authorised and entitled to enter into the agreements contained in
these rules, in respect of all rights in the work including ownership,
copyright, moral rights, the rights of the people, names, trademarks,
designs or works of art depicted in the photographs, and that no
further permissions or conditions are required to deliver these

  • All submissions and payment of entry fees must be completed by 17.00 on
    Tuesday 31 May 2022 (UK time).
  • Model release forms – required if selected for the exhibition
    • The model release form will state that the photographer has full
      permission to enter and reproduce an image of the person/s featured in
      the photograph. 
    • If a selected photograph contains an image of a minor (person under
      the age of 18) then photographers will be required to submit a minor
      release form signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor.
  • TIFF file required for the exhibition catalogue and marketing
  • delivery of photograph(s) for the second round of judging must be
    received at the collection point between 20 – 24 June 2022 – whether
    delivered in person or by post/courier.
  • Pay attention to the Rules!

The Gallery reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify
and remove any entry that does not comply with the rules at any stage
of the competition.

How are entries judged

The prize winners and exhibition selection is judged on an equal and
anonymous basis. 

  • first round: judging panel views digital images
  • second round: judging from photographs produced by photographer – if
    selected for the second round.

Where is the Exhibition?

For the second year, the exhibition will take place at the arts hub
Cromwell Place, London from 27 October – 18 December 2022, while the National Portrait
Gallery building in St Martin’s Place is closed until 2023 for
major redevelopment works.

In 2021 the exhibition was held at Cromwell Place and featured a total of
54 portraits from 25 artists.


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