David Stewart Wins Taylor Wessing Photography Prize

British photographer David Stewart has won this year's Taylor Wessing Portrait Photography Prize for a picture depicting his daughter and four friends sitting with empty food pots, coffee cups and their iPhones.

The winning photograph—titled Five Girls 2014—is the photographer's 16th submission to the competition, which is organized annually by the National Portrait Gallery in London. It is a restaging of photograph taken seven years ago when the girls were about to start their GCSEs and which won the Wessing Prize in 2008.

Stewart began his career photographing punks bands such as The Clash and The Ramones before moving from Lancaster, in the north of England, to London in 1981. He now specializes in a mix of personal projects and commissions.

Prior to winning the award, Stewart spoke about the composition and concepts behind his piece to the National Gallery. He said: "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."

Iranian-born photographer Anoush Abrar—whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Vanity Fair UK—claimed second prize in the competition for his portrait of a casually posed baby, titled Hector. London-based portrait and documentary photographer Peter Zelewski came third with a portrait titled Hyaueth. It depicts a woman stood near Oxford Street and aims to redefine the concept of traditional beauty.

Stewart was awarded $18,000 for first prize; Abrar $4,500 and Zelewski $3,000. Selected images from the exhibition, including Stewart's Five Girls, go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London from November 12 until February 21.

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