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Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £15,000 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, a major new international photography award.

This is the first year of the Schweppes Prize. It continues the tradition of the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award which firmly established itself as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography. The Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2003 received entries from 1212 photographers and judges selected the exhibition from over 3,000 images. 60 portraits have been selected for the exhibition which opens on 5 November 2003.

The following photographers have been shortlisted for the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize:

Victor Albrow for Lachie and Callum Victor Albrow
(b.1952) is a Scottish photographer living and working in Edinburgh. The portrait is of the five-year old twin sons of a friend of the artist. The portrait was taken in Albrow's studio in May 2003.

Roben Antoniewicz for 2nd Birthday

Roben Antoniewicz (b.1954) is a professional photographer based in Perth, Scotland. His portrait is of his granddaughter Mairead, taken at the photographer's house in February 2003. The occasion was a family party to mark Mairead's 2nd birthday and her family's departure from Edinburgh for a new life in Manchester.

Nadav Kander for Interruption
Nadav Kander (b.1961) is a professional photographer who has work in the collections of several public galleries. His portrait shows an elderly couple peering inquisitively out of their lit living room window at night. Born in Israel, Kander grew up in South Africa and currently lives and works in London.

Alan Powdrill for Gerry
Alan Powdrill (b.1967) is a professional photographer based in London. Gerry was photographed in February 2003 as an extra shot after an assignment for Saatchi & Saatchi. The sitter is Gerry George, a professional model and writer.

The winner of the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 3rd November. There will also be a £5,000 Deloitte Award for the best portrait taken by a photographer age 25 or under, presented at the same time.
The competition was judged from original prints by:
Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair)
Ekow Eshun, Writer and Critic
Amanda Hopkinson, Writer and Critic
Alison Jackson, Artist
Mary McCartney Donald, Photographer
Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery
Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: "The judges were very impressed with the quality of the entry. These are four intriguing and powerful images chosen from more than 3,000 photographs submitted from around the world."
Martin Norris, Communications Director, Coca-Cola Great Britain said: " We're tremendously excited by the photographs we've seen and feel sure that the inaugural Schweppes Prize exhibition will entertain, inspire and refresh its viewers."

The Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize is part of a natural progression of the support Schweppes has given to the photographic arts following on from their support of the Eve Arnold exhibition at the Barbican and from the award-winning 'Schyou know who?' campaign created by Mother. The ads capture and anticipate situations with celebrity lookalikes in a witty and topical way through the playful lens of Alison Jackson.
The 'Schweppes' Photographic Portrait Prize 2003 is in association with the British Journal of Photography
Notes to Editors
• The John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award ended last year, following ten very successful years at the National Portrait Gallery.
• In Great Britain the Schweppes brand is owned by Coca-Cola Great Britain. Jacob Schweppe created soda water in 1783 in London and from there spawned an entire industry.
• The 'Schyou know who?' campaign was created by ad agency Mother and shot by Alison Jackson and to date has won 29 different creative awards. Highlighting photography's intriguing ability to blur the boundaries of reality, the campaign uses black and white photographs depicting look-alikes of well-known personalities captured in imagined off-guard moments.
• The Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition runs from 5 November 2003 - 15 February 2004. Admission is free.

For further press information please contact:
Hazel Sutherland, Press Office, National Portrait Gallery Tel 020 7312 2452 Email
For information on Schweppes contact:
Liz Lowe, Coca-Cola Great Britain Tel 020 8237 3830 Email
Clare Trusler or Helen Isaac, Henry's House, Tel 020 7291 3000 Email or
Schweppes, 'Sch You Know Who?' the fountain device and the 196 graphics are registered trade marks of Atlantic Industries


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