LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A photograph of a teenaged American girl astride a horse with a dead antelope slung over it after a hunt in South Africa won the 2010 photographic prize awarded by Britain’s National Portrait Gallery Tuesday.
British photographer David Chancellor’s “Huntress with Buck” shows 14-year-old Josie Slaughter from Alabama returning to a camp in rural South Africa with a buck she had killed earlier in the day, the gallery said.
Huntress with Buck took the 12,000-pound ($19,000) award ahead of runner-up Panayiotis Lamprou’s “My British Wife,” which shows Lamprou’s wife in a short sun dress that leaves her vagina on full view.
Third place winner Jeffrey Stockbridge’s “Tic Tac and Tootsie” pictured careworn twin sisters who are also drug-addicted prostitutes in Philadelphia.
Chancellor’s winning portrait is from the 49-year-old photographer’s project documenting hunters, the hunted and spaces associated with hunting.
“The contrast between the peace and tranquility of the location, plus Josie’s ethereal beauty and the dead buck, was what I wanted to explore,” Chancellor said in the statement.
“Here was a vulnerability and yet also a strength.”
The prize, sponsored by British law firm Taylor Wessing, was presented to Chancellor at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Six judges selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from nearly 6,000 submissions entered by 2,401 photographers.
“David Chancellor’s Huntress with Buck is a powerful and beautiful portrait; a worthy winner amidst a strong international submission,” National Portrait Gallery director and panel judge Sandy Nairne said.
Chancellor — who said his work has been inspired by African photographer Peter Beard’s “The End of the Game” — spent two days with the Slaughter family shooting Kodak 160VC 120 film on a Mamiya 7 II camera.
While Chancellor acknowledged that hunting is an emotive subject, he stressed the importance of remaining objective.
“The aim is always to be detached,” he said. “In reality that’s rarely possible, but I do hope I can observe without an agenda and without the necessity to shout.”
Reporting by Paul Casciato, editing by Mike Collett-White