Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibits in Edinburgh in 2014

Scottish National Portrait Gallery hosts worldwide photography award

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibits in Edinburgh in 2014

Anoush Abrar’s portrait of the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

After almost three months on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize moves north for its first exhibition in Scotland. ‘Since its inception in 1993, when the prize was first sponsored by the John Kobal Foundation, the competition has encouraged photographers from all over the world to participate,’ says Anne Lyden, curator of photography at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

This year, more than 5000 images were submitted anonymously in response to an open call and whittled down to the 60 pieces that will be exhibited at the portrait gallery in Edinburgh, which Lyden says is a ‘natural setting’ for the work. Spencer Murphy was announced as the winner of the £12,000 prize last November, for his photograph of the mud-splattered Irish jockey Katie Walsh, while Anoush Abrar’s portrait of the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and ‘Mamta Dubey and Infant’ by Giles Price were also shortlisted. Given the nature of the selection process and the reputation of the award, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize promises a wide-reaching body of work of a consistently high standard – expect every piece to be a 'highlight’.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 1 Mar – Mon 26 May

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Work by photographers from around the world, with images from established professionals alongside that of students and gifted amateurs, including the competition winner, Spencer Murphy's portrait of jockey Katie Walsh.

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