Harriet and Gentleman Jack, 2010 by Jooney Woodward © Jooney Woodward
The winning image was taken in the guinea pig judging area at the Royal Welsh Show, says winner Jooney Woodward. "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 Daniel'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." Woodward used a Mamiya RZ medium format camera to shoot her winning image.
Woodward, who studied graphic design at the Camberwell College of Arts, received a £12,000 cash prize last night, as the National Portrait Gallery unveiled its 2011 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait exhibition.
The exhibition is opened until 12 February 2012 and features a selection of 60 portraits chosen from among 6033 submissions entered by 2506 photographers.
Woodward was one of the five photographers to be selected for this year's prize. Jill Wooster came second, receiving a £2500 cash prize. Dona Schwartz, Jasper Clarke and David Knight respectively came third, fourth and fifth, winning £1500, £1000 and £500.
Clarke, however, has also won the Elle commission, which will see him given the opportunity to shoot a feature story for Elle magazine.
For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery website.
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