Five Girls 2014 by David Stewart, 2014 © David Stewart

A photographer who has charted the growing up of his daughter and four of her friends has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Award with a re-staged picture he entered into the 2008 competition. Five Girls 2014 shows the group six years on from an original image that was taken right before their GCSE school exams (11th grade).

The picture, which netted Stewart a prize of £12,000, is about human interaction, according to the photographer. 'I have always had a fascination with the way people interact – or, in this case, fail to interact, which inspired the photograph of this group of girls. While the girls are physically very close and their style and clothing highlight their membership of the same peer group, there is an element of distance between them.’
This is the sixteenth time David Stewart has had a picture in the exhibition of selected images from the competition.

The £3000 second prize went to Anoush Abrar, Peter Zelewski came third with a street portrait called Nyaueth that won him £2000, and Ivor Prickett collected £1000 and fourth place for a portrait of an Iraqi refugee family.

Yngvild by Tereza Červeňová, 2014 © Tereza Červeňová

The John Kobal New Work Award, which goes to a photographer under the age of 30, was won by Slovakian photographer Tereza Červeňová for a portrait of her friend Yngvild. You can read more about the shortlisted images in our previous story.

The 2015 competition attracted 4929 entries from 2201 photographers across 70 countries. An exhibition of the winning images and other selected from the entries will be on show until 21st February at The National Portrait Gallery in London. For more information visit the NPG website.