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Jooney Woodward's Royal Welsh photo makes Taylor Wessing shortlist

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:22 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

A photograph taken by Jooney Woodward at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show has been shortlisted for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011.

Her photograph Harriet and Gentleman Jack, 2010 is of 13-year-old Harriet Power, a steward at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, photographed in the guinea pig judging enclosure.

For the first time five photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 prize, which is seen as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography.

The five shortlisted photographs will go on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London from 10 November until 12 February 2012. They will form part of the exhibition of 60 portraits selected by the judges from over 6,000 submissions entered by 2,506 photographers.

Harriet and Gentleman Jack, 2010 by Jooney Woodward © the artist

Harriet and Gentleman Jack, 2010 by Jooney Woodward © the artist

Woodward, who was born in London and grew up in Dorset, said, "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. There is something unsettling about the austere background and the scratch on her hand."

Woodward's series Unhidden: Documentary Photographs of Contemporary Wales was exhibited at MOMA Wales in 2010. Read a blog post I wrote about the exhibition last September.

Alongside Woodward the shortlisted artists vying for the prize are Jasper Clarke, David Knight, Dona Schwartz and Jill Wooster.

See more about the prize on the National Portrait Gallery website and browse a gallery showing all five shortlisted portraits on the BBC News Entertainment and Arts website.


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