The young man stares compellingly down the camera lens before a background of ocean and sky. According to the judges, the portrait was celebrated for 'the directness of Sumaila's gaze' as the picture 'powerfully conveys his loss, solitude and determination'.
César Dezfuli won a £15,000 award for his image of the teenager, beating the two other photographers shortlisted for the award: Abbie Trayler-Smith's image of a girl fleeing ISIS in Mosul and a Japanese android called Erica by Finnish artist Maija Tammi.
In past years, entries have ranged from formal portraits to more experimental
images, submitted by both established professionals and emerging talent from
all over the world. The diversity and international flavour of this
exhibition makes it one of the year’s most inspiring open submission photography competitions.
|What||Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017, National Portrait Gallery|
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE | MAP
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
16 Nov 17 – 08 Feb 18, Thursday - Friday 10am - 9pm
|Price||£4, £3 for concessions|
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