Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013



National Portrait Gallery

Until Sun Feb 9

  • Spencer Murphy

    'Katie Walsh', 2013

    This year's winner of the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

    © Spencer Murphy

    Spencer Murphy
  • Giles Price

    'Kumbh Mela Pilgrim - Mamta Dubey and infant', 2013

    This yer's winner of the £3,000 second prize.

    © Giles Price. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery London

    Giles Price
  • Anoush Abrar

    'Kofi Annan', 2013

    This year's winner of the £2,000 third prize.

    © Anoush Abrar. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

    Anoush Abrar
  • Dorothee Deiss

    'The twins', 2013

    This year's winner of the £1,000 fourth prize.

    © Dorothee Deiss. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

    Dorothee Deiss
  • Andy Massaccesi

    'Fabio', 2012

    © Andy Massaccesi. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery

    Andy Massaccesi
  • Julia Fullerton-Batten

    'Harajuka, Tokyo', 2013

    © Julia Fullerton-Batten. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery

    Julia Fullerton-Batten
  • Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou

    'Untitled (Citizens of Porto-Novo)', 2012

    © Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery

    Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou
  • Erik Almas

    'Holy Mother', 2012

    © Erik Almas. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

    Erik Almas
  • Richard Alexander Pilnick

    'Cat & Phil – Painting of Love', 2013

     © Richard Alexander Pilnick. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

    Richard Alexander Pilnick
  • William Lakin

    'Martyn, Sean and Jacob', 2013

    © William Lakin. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

    William Lakin

Spencer Murphy

'Katie Walsh', 2013

This year's winner of the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

© Spencer Murphy

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Robert Sherwood

I am unwilling and unable to rate this portrait by Spencer Murphy of jockey Katie Walsh, because it's so fabulous. Are you asking me to examine it, then on a scale of 1 to 10 tell the world how good or bad it is? this picture bears the Mona Lisa hands down, and offered a choice of taking home this portrait, or the famous American painting of the Gothic farm couple with pitchfork, which would I choose, an impossible decision because they are both equally as good, so I'm left then with comparing it to the American Farm Administration Dust bowl photographs, showing the Okies trek west, and amongst that magnificent group it belongs. So, it is a depression era portrait of real life being played out before the lens, and using that group of farm portraits has my rating guide I'd rate this photo 10, and call it "Female Adversity At Aintree". Magnificent.

Curated London

London’s premier photographic portrait exhibition returns with another brilliant collection. More than 5,000 entries were submitted this year, and it’s clear from the sixty photographs on display the judges were spoilt for choice. The featured works comprise commissioned editorial and advertising images, personal projects, travel journalism and intimate shots of friends and family. While the prize winners are highly-deserving, all the images featured demonstrate a high standard of technical ability and artistic composition. Highly recommended for everyone, not just photography buffs. For more of the latest arts reviews, check out www.curatedlondon.co.uk

Sally Lakin

What a fantastic collection of absolutely stunning photographs this exhibition has, I just loved it! The winning photograph of the female Jockey is beautifully contained whilst messy, a contradiction in terms, stunning. The photograph by Erik Almas 'Holy Mother' is hauntingly stark and the subject could have stepped out of a Bronte novel. My favourite though has to be 'Hombres de Mar' - (Fishermen), if you want fun, fun, fun then here it is in bucket loads. The photograph of happy smiling people set on a beach is like a scene out of the 'Mad Hatters Tea Party', there are pelicans intermingling with the crowd, fish falling from the sky (yes really)! a man on a guitar, one holding a painting of his parents, all very bizarre but it works and it makes you smile. I kept on going back to it just to delve and relish in the sense of fun, joy and energy that springs out from the scene. Definitely my number one favourite!