ABOUT THE PRIZE
Each year, the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize is awarded to the photographer who made the best photographic portrait of the past year. The prize is awarded by Dutch National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with Rabobank and Pictoright. Previous winners are Koos Breukel, Stephan Vanfleteren, Gerard Wessel, Annaleen Louwes, Sander Troelstra, Jitske Schols, Sarah Mei Herman and Robin de Puy, who won the prize twice.
This year, too, there will be a prize for portrait photography talent. Annabel van Royen won this prize in 2019.
The Dutch National Portrait Gallery and Rabobank award the two prizes to draw attention to the broad tradition of Dutch portraiture in photography.
The winner of the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize receives 10,000 euros and will be included in the Rabo art collection. In addition, the work may be acquired by another international art collection.
The winner of the Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent receives 2,500 euros and may be assigned to make portraits for Rabobank.
The Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize and the Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent 2019 have been awarded thanks to the generous support of Rabobank and Pictoright.
Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize 2019
The portraits were made between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, by a Dutch photographer or an international photographer who has been working in the Netherlands for an extended period of time. All nominated photographers demonstrate a striking and constant body of work in portrait photography. An important criterion is that in the portrait, the short-lived and conscious relationship between the photographer and the person portrayed is unmistakably recognizable. In addition, craftsmanship, technique and composition may play a role in the assessment. A maximum of three portraits can be submitted in this category.
Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent 2019
The portraits were made between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, by photography students or graduated photographers. Autodidacts can also compete for this prize. All photographers submitting within this category have been working professionally for less than five years in the industry, or are younger than 30 years at the time of submission. The submitted work, with a minimum of three and a maximum of five portraits, was made within a series.
The jury is re-compiled every year and consists of noted professionals from the cultural field, such as an image editor, art director, curator, portrait photographer, gallery owner and museum director. The winning photographer of the previous year is also part of the jury.
From all Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize entries, the jury will first compile a longlist consisting of ca. 50 portraits. The jury will subsequently compile a shortlist of 5 portraits. This shortlist will be announced. From this shortlist, the jury will choose a winner who will be announced during the award ceremony.
The jury will choose a longlist of 10 series from all the Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent entries. Subsequently, the jury will compile a shortlist of 3 series, from which the jury will choose a winner, who will be announced during the award ceremony.
There are no fees for entering the competition. Participation takes place by being nominated by image editors, curators, critics and professionals in photography, who are asked by Dutch National Portrait Gallery to nominate photographers for the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize. These photographers will subsequently be asked to submit a maximum of three portraits.
Professional photographers who have not been nominated can also submit their portraits themselves – again with a maximum of three.
Students and professionals who have been working as photographers for less than five years can submit a series of up to five portraits for the Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent prize.
The jury does not know who has been nominated and who has entered without a nomination. Every photographer therefore has the same chance of winning.
In accordance with the AVG (GDPR) and any subsequent reiteration of that legislation, Dutch National Portrait Gallery will hold all personal data securely. It will only be used in the process of administering the Portrait Prize in the exercise of the Gallery’s task and communication, and data will not be transferred to any third party.
Photographer, curator and member of Portrait Gallery’s Advisory Board
Sarah Mei Herman
Winner Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize 2018
Head of the Rabobank Art Collection
Philippien Noordam (Head of Art Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Creative director Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Wim van Sinderen
Senior Curator Fotomuseum Den Haag / Head of Photography Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Art director and graphic designer, a.o. See All This magazine and Human
This spring, you can either submit work for the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize OR the Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent 2020.
Please read all terms and conditions here.
You can not submit work for the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize at this moment.