Calling all photographers to enter Portrait of Britain 2019

“These magnificent photographs capture at once the great diversity and the inescapable identity of the British people,” writes Will Self, in his introduction to the Portrait of Britain 2018 book, “Gay, straight, bisexual and non-normative; male, female and non-binary; old, young and in between – how can it be that these – every one a compelling identity in its own right — are nonetheless trumped …

A Portrait of Britain: 20 years of farming

Harry Borden’s winning image from Portrait of Britain 2017 is a testament to the farming community he grew up in Acclaimed portrait photographer Harry Borden has captured an array of iconic subjects including Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. His ongoing personal projects focus on subjects that particularly resonate with him and include Single Parent Dads and Holocaust Survivors, which was published as a photobook and shortlisted …

A Portrait of Britain: I wanted to give a face to the girl I was and the girls who are

Carolyn Mendelsohn’s selected portrait is part of her ongoing series Being Inbetween, which explores the complex transition between girlhood and young adulthood. Carolyn Mendelsohn is a portrait photographer and filmmaker based in the UK. Her most recognisable body of work, Being Inbetween, is a continually evolving series of portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve. The work arises from Mendelsohn’s own memories of this age, and …

A Portrait of our National Health Service

Lewis Khan’s selected portrait for Portrait of Britain 2017 was taken as part of a series produced during an artist residency at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Lewis Khan is a London-based photographer and filmmaker specialising in social documentary. Since graduating from UWE in Bristol, where he studied photography, he has won the 2014 Shuffle Film Festival Short Film Prize for his moving portrayal of …

Harry Flook on shooting a compelling portrait

Harry Flook’s selected portrait for Portrait of Britain 2017 is a test for his ongoing series ‘Apostate’, which documents people who have abandoned their religious faiths Harry Flook is a Bristol-based writer and photographer, whose photographic work is rooted in his personal experiences. Having left his own religious faith, he embarked on ‘Apostate’, a project photographing those who had done the same, and he stumbled …

Charlie Clift on the story behind his selected portrait

Charlie Clift’s selected work for Portrait of Britain 2017 captures literary great, Diana Athill, on her 98th birthday London-based Charlie Clift has worked on commissions for a range of editorial and commercial clients including The BBC and The Sunday Times Magazine, and regularly works on campaigns for charities and not-for-profits. He is also committed to producing personal work, recently creating a collective portrait of British emigrants and a documentation of …

How to shoot a perfect portrait: tips from Ali Mobasser, a Portrait of Britain 2016 winner

“Photography has the power to unite and create empathy,” says Ali Mobasser, one the winners of the first edition of Portrait of Britain Born in Maryland, USA, in 1976 Ali Mobasser grew up an Iranian Londoner with an American passport; his photography deals with identity and displacement, among other things. After taking a BA in Fine Arts at Kingston University, he started work as a photographic assistant and …

Sophie Harris-Taylor reveals the story behind her winning portrait

“I don’t tend to think too much about what the judges will go for, or whether the work is their cup of tea – it’s not maths, it’s art.” Characterised by its honesty and emotion, Sophie Harris-Taylor’s work captures the unique characters and vulnerabilities of her subjects. Her selected portrait, shot on Nikon – who supported Portrait of Britain 2017 – is part of her acclaimed project Sisters. The series investigates …

Deadline: 18 April 2019 - 23: 59 (UK Time)