The Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 showcases the work of the most talented emerging young photographers, photography students and gifted amateurs alongside that of established professionals. From a competition open to everyone over 18, this year's prize attracted a record 2,700 entrants who submitted nearly 7,000 images.
The exhibition presents a selection of sixty works, including this year's four shortlisted artists, offering visitors a unique oppurtunity to experience a varied selection of works ranging from intimate and personal photographs of friends and family to hard-hitting journalistic portraits from around the world, and judge for themselves which they think is the best. Also featured is the Godfrey Argent Award winner, a special prize that this year acknowledges an outstanding portrait taken by an exhibitor aged between 18 and 25.
Together the international mix of photographers present a diverse range of styles and innovative approaches to the portrait genre. Contrasts between the use of colour, black and white, analogue or digital technologies, as well as scale, lighting and technique are represented through editorial, reportage and fine art images.
With its substantial prize fund, including a first prize of £12,000, and high-profile exhibition and tour, the Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 offers a unique oppurtunity to see some of the most exciting contemporary portrait photographers working today.
The competition was judged from original prints by:
Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair); Cheryl Newman, Commissioning Photography Editor for Saturday Telegraph Magazine; Sheila Rock, Photographer; Sue Steward, Writer and broadcaster; photography critic for the Evening Standard; Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery
Text and image by National Portrait Gallery, UK