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Organised by the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs and photography students to established professionals.

In the Prize’s search for excellence, photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.’

With the brief in mind my entry was from a shoot last year at a locals pub in Faversham, Kent. The title "The Drinker" depicts a fisherman enjoying a pint of Master Brew, which the commercial photography shoot in Kent was taken for. The image is a gritty take on a classic black and white portrait, I deliberately used the backdrop of the framed prints to add to the subjects environment. This was taken on a Canon 1DX with the 50mm 1.2 lens. I submitted a print to the gallery which was printed by Dunns professional imaging lab on Albrecht Durer paper, it really added to the overall feel of the photo.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 exhibition will run at the Gallery from 17 November 2016 to 26 February 2017 before touring to venues around the UK. Fingers crossed this portrait will do well!
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