Chiswick photographer’s portrait on show at the National Gallery

Remember this stunning portrait? Photographer Sirli Raitma entered this composition of her mother Eha in the Bedford Park Festival photography competition – and won. Now you will be able to see it hanging in the National Gallery as part of the exhibition for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 (7 November 2019 – 16 February 2020).

“We are both so thrilled” says Sirli. “This competition means a lot to me. I started to take photographs of my mother three years ago and only this year I felt that my work had reached a level where it was worth entering some competitions. Top of my list was the Taylor Wessing competition. I’m not shortlisted for the prize but I am very pleased to have two of my photographs due to hang in the National Portrait Gallery!”

To read the touching story of how Sirli came to be taking photographs of her mother, read my earlier blog post here.

To find out more about the Taylor Wessing prize exhibition at the National Gallery, go here.

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See also: Bedford Park Festival 2019 Photography competition winner