Spencer Murphy’s post-race portrait of a mud-spattered and exhausted Katie Walsh has won the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The image of the Irish jockey was taken for Channel 4’s The Original Extreme Sport campaign, at Kempton Park Racecourse.
“I set up at the side of the racecourse and pulled in the jockeys as they finished their races,” Murphy says. “I was keen to include Katie. I wanted to show both her femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing.”
Shooting on large format film, the London-based photographer wanted to give the image “depth and timelessness”, which he felt would have been harder to achieve on a digital camera. See more of Murphy’s work in CR’s Photography Annual 2013.
Second Prize went to Giles Price for Kumbh Mela Pilgrim – Mamta Dubey and infant, from a series shot at the 2013 Kumbh Mela Festival in Allahabad, India.
In third place was Anoush Abrar’s portrait of Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan, who served as Secretary-General of the United Nations until 2006, which was commissioned by ZEIT Magazine.
And winning fourth place was The twins by Dorothee Deiss, from her project VisibleInvisible, a less conventional portrait taken in the home of the twin sisters.
The prize aims to showcase work from emerging young photographers, alongside established professionals, and 60 portraits, including winning images, from the 5410 submissions, will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 Nov 2013 – 9 Feb 2014.
Fabio by Andy Massaccesi, and Untitled (Citizens of Porto-Novo) By Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou
Harajuka, Tokyo, 2013 by Julia Fullerton-Batten. See more of Fullerton-Batten’s work including a feature on the photographer in CR’s December issue.
Cat & Phil – Painting of Love by Richard Alexander Pilnick, and Martyn, Sean and Jacob by William Lakin
Holy Mother by Erik Almas