London based South African Photographer Alice Mann has been announced winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018. Mann’s winning entry was four photographs taken from #Drummies, a series of portraits of young female drum majorettes shot in South Africa’s Western Province. The 2018 award is the first time that the prize given for first prize is to a series of pictures rather than an individual photograph. Main image credit of winning pictures (a series of four works) Alice Mann Inkjet Print, September 2017 First Prize £15,000.
Judges Comments: Mann’s series is consistent in its evocation of a sustained and intriguing narrative. Each sitter is precisely framed within a carefully considered composition, and the girls confidently meet the camera’s gaze. Their pristine and vibrant outfits jar with the rundown surroundings, lending a surreal and enigmatic atmosphere to the portraits
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.
Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition, showcases a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.
The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. The exhibition of fifty-seven works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.
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