INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM TAYLOR WESSING TO SPONSOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION UNTIL 2018

INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM TAYLOR WESSING TO SPONSOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION UNTIL 2018

Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow by David Titlow, 2014 Copyright: David Titlow
Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow by David Titlow, 2014
Copyright: David Titlow

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced that international law firm, Taylor Wessing, will continue to sponsor the Gallery’s major global photography competition, the Photographic Portrait Prize, until 2018.

Now in its seventh year of sponsorship from Taylor Wessing, the prestigious annual exhibition – which can be seen until 22 February – showcases the work of some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from across the globe. Since Taylor Wessing’s sponsorship of the Photographic Portrait Prize began in 2008, the competition has attracted over 40,000 entries from over 16,500 photographers, making it one of the most competitive photography prizes in the world.

Extending the current sponsorship agreement until 2018 allows the National Portrait Gallery to continue to offer an important platform for cutting-edge contemporary portrait photography, and an unparalleled opportunity for celebrated professionals, emerging artists, and amateurs alike.

Pim Baxter, Deputy Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, says:

‘The National Portrait Gallery is extremely grateful to Taylor Wessing for its continuing generous support towards the Photographic Portrait Prize. This international exhibition is one of the Gallery’s most keenly anticipated annual events, offering access to wonderful creative talent every year and we greatly value our partnership with Taylor Wessing on this important part of the Gallery’s programme.’

Tim Eyles, Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP, says:

‘Art is an important intellectual stimulant. We at Taylor Wessing place huge value on creativity and art as part of our social capital, and believe business has an important role to play in supporting the development of the arts as an instrument of change. It’s a privilege to have had such a long-standing relationship with such an august institution as the National Portrait Gallery and we look forward to entering a new phase of that relationship under the Directorship of Nicholas Cullinan.’

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, with more than 1,200 lawyers in 26 offices worldwide, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. The company has a long-standing relationship with the National Portrait Gallery, which began in 2005 with its sponsorship of the major exhibition The World’s Most Photographed.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 exhibition, showcasing 59 portraits selected from the competition is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until 22 February 2015.

Fashion photographer David Titlow was awarded first prize and £12,000 for his group portrait featuring his infant son bathed in painterly light. Second prize was awarded to Jessica Fulford-Dobson for her portrait of a seven year-old Afghan girl, taken at a skate school in Kabul; third prize was awarded to Birgit Püve for her portrait of identical twin boys in the Estonian countryside; and fourth prize was awarded to Blerin Racaj for his portrait of a group of teen Kosovars.

Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, including formal, candid, and experimental images. The exhibition will tour to Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, from 1 May – 16 August 2015.

This year’s judging panel included Sandy Nairne Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair); Robin Muir, Writer, Curator and Contributing Editor to Vogue; artist Bettina von Zwehl; Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs Collection, National Portrait Gallery and Niri Shan, Partner and Business Group Director, Taylor Wessing LLP.

For more information about the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014, visit npg.org.uk/photoprize

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Until 22 February 2015

Porter Gallery, Admission £3 (concessions £2)

Supported by Taylor Wessing

For further Press information and image requests please contact: Sylvia Ross, Press Officer, National Portrait Gallery Tel: 020 7321 6620 (not for publication) / Email: [email protected]

To download Press images: npg.org.uk/press

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