National photography prize taken by Rwandan portrait

  • 7 November 2007

A portrait of a Rwandan woman by Jonathan Torgovnik has won the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize.

The subject of the picture, Joseline Ingabire, who was raped during the 1994 genocide, is shown standing with her children.

Torgovnik, who won £12,000 for the photograph, said he took the picture after interviewing her.

He said the image shows how beautiful the three figures are, adding: ‘And then you look at the mother’s eyes. On the surface, this is a portrait of a beautiful mother and her children.

‘Her beauty is there, yes, but there is something quiet and terrible behind that.’

Some 2,700 photographers from around the world entered the competition.

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