Taylor Wessing prize at the National Portrait Gallery
Paul Floyd Blake, Michal Chelbin, Mirjana Vrbaski and Vanessa Winship have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait prize 2009, an international award for emerging talents in contemporary photography.
The four portraits, which include one of an aspiring Olympian and another of a teenage prisoner, will go on show alongside 56 others chosen by the judges from more than 6,300 entrants at the National Portrait Gallery in London, from 5 November to 14 February 2010. The winners will be announced on 3 November 2009
Photograph: Mirjana Vrbaski/National Portrait Gallery
Girl (2009) by Mirjana Vrbaski, a Serbian photographer who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. She says: ‘I only took one shot of her because I could immediately feel that I reached my ideal image'
Photograph: Vanessa Winship/National Portrait Gallery
Girl in a Golden Dress, Georgia (2009) by British photographer Vanessa Winship from her series Georgia for a Song. She says: ‘I found this particular young girl in the capital, Tbilisi, at one of the Palaces of Marriage. I particularly liked the delicacy of her features and the way she held herself in what looked like a new and best outfit’
Photograph: Paul Floyd Blake/National Portrait Gallery
Rosie Bancroft (2008) by London photographer Paul Floyd Blake. This portrait is part of series entitled On Track for 2012, in which he photographs young athletes with the potential to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Of swimmer Rosie Bancroft he says: ‘The image was taken moments after she had successfully beaten her personal best, and captures her gentleness alongside her confidence and determination’
Photograph: Michal Chelbin/National Portrait Gallery
Stas, Sentenced for Murder, Juvenile Prison, Russia (2009) by Israel-born photographer Michal Chelbin, from her series Locked. Stas is a 15-year-old inmate of a maximum-security prison in Russia. Chelbin says: ‘He was extremely quiet and distant … I could feel there was an enormous burden on his shoulders. When we finished I learned that he had been sentenced for murder’