This year’s prize will displayed as a virtual exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery’s website, in order to reach a wide international audience and ensure that the competition is able to continue as planned during the current Coronavirus pandemic. To ensure the safety of panel members and Gallery staff, judging for the 2020 competition will be completed digitally.
1.1 Photographers must have been 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2020.
1.2 Each photographer can submit up to six photographs.
1.3 Previous first prize-winners, since and including 2008, are not eligible to enter the competition.
1.4 Entry forms and payment of entry fees must be completed by 23.59 on Tuesday 8 June 2021 (UK time).
1.5 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 agreements.
1.6 There are two rounds of judging; the first will take place digitally where the Photographer will be required to upload their image(s) at the entry form stage. Photographers who are then selected for the second round of judging will be required to complete a biographical form and a model release form.
1.7 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.
1.8 The photographer or their representatives agree that the photographs submitted may be exhibited as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at any venue.
1.9 The photographer or their representatives agree unconditionally that the National Portrait Gallery may reproduce any exhibited photographs for the purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education in direct connection with the Photographic Portrait Prize and exhibition, in all media worldwide including the exhibition catalogue and subsequent publications, posters, the Internet (including social media) and within television documentaries, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. The Gallery may also reproduce any exhibited photographs on postcards, exhibition posters, and in the exhibition catalogue. The Gallery also reserves the right to reproduce selected images for core non–commercial purposes, for example in the Past Exhibitions page of the Gallery website, indefinitely, as a public record. The processes of the competition may be filmed, and entering the competition constitutes agreement for a portrait to be included in such filming, whether broadcast or not.
1.10 Photographers selected for the exhibition will need to provide the Gallery with a Tiff file of their photograph for use in the catalogue and exhibition marketing campaign.
1.11 The photographer will be credited for the use of their work, wherever practicable, as the Photographic Portrait Prize exists in part to raise the profile of the exhibiting artists.
1.12 The photographer or their representatives agree that the Gallery is entitled to pass on the contact details of the photographer or their representatives to the exhibition sponsor, Taylor Wessing, solely for the purpose of enabling Taylor Wessing to make enquiries about purchasing or commissioning photographs from the photographer.
1.13 The responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, is the responsibility of the photographer. Photographers are therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover against such risks. The sponsor, the touring venues or the National Portrait Gallery shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.
1.14 Employees of the National Portrait Gallery and sponsors are not eligible to enter the Prize.
1.15 No work previously submitted for the competition is eligible for resubmission.
1.16 It is also a condition on entering the competition that the artist agrees that visitors to the Gallery are permitted to take photographs without flash of their work for personal, non-commercial use during the run of the exhibition. The Gallery will install notices indicating that photography without flash is permitted provided it is for personal, non-commercial use but will not be liable if any images of the work, taken by visitors, are exploited commercially.
1.17 In accordance with the GDPR and Data Protection Bill (and any subsequent reiteration of that legislation), the National Portrait Gallery will hold all personal data securely. It will only be used in the process of administering the Portrait Award in the exercise of the Gallery’s official authority and public task, and will not be transferred to any third party. At the close of the Award, personal data relating to the successful entrants will be retained permanently for historical research purposes in the Gallery’s Archive (in accordance with Recital 50 of the GDPR). Information about the processing of personal data and your individual rights under the GDPR can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website.
2.1 Please note that the first round of judging is completed digitally.
2.2 At registration, a digital image (or images from a series) must be uploaded onto the website.
2.3 Each image must be saved as a JPG/JPEG and be smaller than 3 MB.
2.4 Entrants whose payments cannot be cashed will be disqualified.
2.5 All debit/credit card details must be completed and the expiry date must be at least two months after the date of entry.
2.6 All entrants will be notified if their work has been selected for the second round of judging by 21 June 2021.
Applications must be received in advance by 17.00 on Tuesday 8 June 2021
To enter the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021, photographers will be required to upload their image(s) via the website. All images will be viewed by a panel of judges and the entrants who are successful in this round will be invited to deliver their work to a venue in London for the final round of physical judging.
Awards:- The winner will receive £15,000. In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award cash prizes to one or more shortlisted photographers.