The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 has been won by Jooney Woodward, 32, for her portrait, Harriet and Gentleman Jack. The portrait of 13-year-old Harriet Power was taken in the guinea pig judging area at the Royal Welsh Show.
Woodward says, â€˜I found her image immediately striking with her long, red hair and white stewarding coat. She is holding her own guinea pig called Gentleman Jack, named after the Jack Danielâ€™s whisky box in which he was given to her. Using natural light from a skylight above, I took just three frames and this image was the first.â€™
The Â£12,000 award was presented to Woodward at the National Portrait Gallery, London, last night (Tuesday 8 November). She found her sitter whilst scouting for potential subject matter amongst the sheepdog trials, livestock competitions and regimental bands at the agricultural show in Builth Wells, Powys. The portrait was shot on film with a Mamiya RZ medium format camera. Woodward says, â€˜I prefer the quality and depth you get from using film; unfortunately itâ€™s a dying art. I donâ€™t mess around with Photoshop so what you see is what you get. Enhanced images can portray a false sense of reality, whereas my work celebrates the people and places as they appear every dayâ€™.
Born in London in 1979, Woodward grew up in Dorset and returned to the capital to studyÂ Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts, specialising in photography in her final year. Her degree show portraits of her parents were highly commended in The Observer Hodge Photographic Award in 2001. After graduation Woodward worked in the Vogue Photographic Archive of CondÃ© Nast Publications before pursuing a career as a freelance photographer from 2009. Her series Unhidden: Documentary Photographs of Contemporary Wales was exhibited at MOMA Wales, Machynlleth, in 2010. She says â€˜My landscapes are generally devoid of people, but are full of signs of life. I try to capture the little things and itâ€™s the same with my portraiture. The more you look at the portrait of Harriet, the more you notice the small details: her nail polish and mascara, the scratch on her hand.â€™
The following artists have also been commended in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 and receive the following prizes:
Â£2,500 Second Prize: Jill Wooster for Of Lili
Â£1,500 Third Prize: Dona Schwartz for Christina and Mark, 14 months from the series On the Nest
Â£1,000 Fourth Prize: Jasper Clarke for Wen
Â£500 Fifth Prize: David Knight for Andie
The ELLE COMMISSION
The winner of the ELLE Commission 2011 is Jasper Clarke, for his portrait Wen. Clarke will be given the opportunity to shoot a feature story for ELLE magazine. Now in its third year, the ELLE Commission was judged by the fashion magazineâ€™s creative director, Marissa Bourke, together with the art director, Tom Meredith, and picture editor, Flora Bathurst.
The judges selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from 6,033 submissions entered by 2,506 photographers from around the world.
The exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 10 November 2011 until 12 February 2012, admission Â£2.
A fully illustrated book including photographs from this yearâ€™s exhibition features an essay byÂ Michael Bracewell, writer and novelist, and interviews with the prize winners by RichardÂ McClure. Price Â£15, 72 pages paperback. (Available from 10 November 2011)
To see the full shortlist visit http://hungryeyemagazine.com/hungry-eye-newsshortlist-announcedtaylor-wessing-photographicportrait-prize-2011/Â