David Titlow wins the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Fashion photographer David Titlow has won the coveted Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014. After the judges sifted through more than 4,000 submissions from 1,793 photographers, former musician Titlow’s winning photograph was a stunning shot of his baby son meeting a dog for the first time. Titlow captured the composition the morning after a large midsummer party in Sweden.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize  - David Titlow | National Portrait Gallery

Titlow, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire and The Guardian, and had a high profile relationship with Alexa Chung, described the perfect moment that compelled him to take the image that eventually awarded him with the prestigious £12,000 prize.

Titlow said: “Everyone was a bit hazy from the previous day’s excess.
“My girlfriend passed our son to the subdued revellers on the sofa – the composition and back light was so perfect that I had to capture the moment”

Second place was awarded to Jessica Fulford-Dobson for a portrait of a young Afghani girl with a skateboard and third place went to a photo of two nine year old Estonian twins by Birgit Puve came third. The judges selected just 59 portraits for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Taylor Wessing Prize | National Portrait Gallery

The photographs will go on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 22 February.

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. They take a single-minded approach to advising their clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues.

Taylor Wessing’s long-standing relationship with the National Portrait Gallery has now seen them sponsor the Photographic Portrait Prize for the past seven years, which is one of the most internationally recognised competitions in the photographic world. The Prize encourages and cultivates new talent, while emphasising the importance of hard work with a forward thinking and creative attitude.