Se­ries wins the Tay­lor Wess­ing Por­trait Prize

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FOR THE first time in the com­pe­ti­tion’s his­tory, a se­ries has taken home the main prize in the Tay­lor Wess­ing Pho­to­graphic Por­trait Prize 2018. This year, 4,462 sub­mis­sions were en­tered by 1,973 pho­tog­ra­phers from 70 coun­tries.

South Africa’s Alice Mann won the award for her por­trait se­ries on the all-fe­male teams of drum ma­jorettes in South Africa’s Western Prov­ince, tak­ing home £15,000 prize money.

Com­ment­ing on the win­ning work, the judges said, ‘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 27-year- old Alice Mann uses a medium-for­mat ana­logue cam­era for the work; the four im­ages en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion come from a much larger body of work. Mann spent sev­eral months pho­tograph­ing dif­fer­ent teams of drum ma­jorettes, known as ‘drum­mies’, many of who come from South Africa’s most dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.

The £3,000 sec­ond prize was awarded to Ire­land’s Enda Bowe, for her im­age Cy­bil McAddy with daugh­ter Lulu, from the se­ries Clap­ton Blos­som. In an­other first, the third prize was awarded jointly to Bri­tish pho­tog­ra­pher Max Barstow for Un­ti­tled from the se­ries Lon­don­ers and Cana­dian Joey Lawrence for his im­age Por­trait of ‘Strong’ Joe Smart from the se­ries Tombo’s Wound.

All of the win­ning and short­listed im­ages are on dis­play at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Lon­don un­til 27 Jan­uary 2019.

Look out for an in­ter­view with Alice Mann about her award-win­ning work in our up­com­ing 24 Novem­ber is­sue of AP.

All-fe­male drum ma­jorettes (drum­mies) are the sub­ject of Alice Mann’s win­ning se­ries

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