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David Prichard won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

David Prichard has won first prize in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 for Tribute to Indigenous Stock Women: a series of portraits of First Nations women who spent most of their working lives on cattle stations in Far North Queensland. The winner of the £15,000 first prize was announced today, Monday 8 November, at the award ceremony held at Cromwell Place in South Kensington.

Second prize was awarded to Pierre-Elie de Pibrac for Hakanai Sonzai, a series of portraits taken in Japan focused on people who exhibited fortitude in the face of adversity.

Katya Ilina was awarded third prize for David, taken from a series of portraits that celebrate positive body image and question notions of masculinity and femininity by highlighting their fluidity.

The winning portraits are now on display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 exhibition at Cromwell Place, in South Kensington, London from the 10 November 2021 until 2 January 2022, while the Gallery’s building in St Martin’s Place is closed for major redevelopment works. The exhibition features 54 portraits from 25 different artists, selected for display by a panel of judges including Misan Harriman, photographer and Chair of the Southbank Centre; Mariama Attah, curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; and Dr Susan Bright, curator and writer.

by Alain Chivilò
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