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 ('Zobop' (detail) by Jim Lambie)1/10
'Zobop' (detail) by Jim Lambie
 ('Flying Gator #1' (detail) by Ed Ruscha)2/10
'Flying Gator #1' (detail) by Ed Ruscha
 ('In Electric Light, In the Studio (Gauguin)' (detail) by Andrew Lord)3/10
'In Electric Light, In the Studio (Gauguin)' (detail) by Andrew Lord
 ('Fictions 3 (Invisible Cities)' (detail) by Tim Head)4/10
'Fictions 3 (Invisible Cities)' (detail) by Tim Head
 (Detail of William Kentridge's installation in the Small Weston Room)5/10
Detail of William Kentridge's installation in the Small Weston Room
 ('Squint (18)' by Michael Simpson)6/10
'Squint (18)' by Michael Simpson
 ('Canvey Island – Gold Mine Model' by Nic Clear, Mike Aling, Hyun Jun Park and Simon Withers)7/10
'Canvey Island – Gold Mine Model' by Nic Clear, Mike Aling, Hyun Jun Park and Simon Withers
 ('Damien Hirst' by Harry Hill)8/10
'Damien Hirst' by Harry Hill
 ('Blood of Sweat' by El Anatsui)9/10
'Blood of Sweat' by El Anatsui
 ('Julie and Bob' by Grayson Perry)10/10
'Julie and Bob' by Grayson Perry

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: our top artworks

With more than a thousand artworks to admire, the RA Summer Exhibition can be a daunting prospect. Allow us to guide you straight to the good stuff

By Martin Coomer and Freire Barnes
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Older than Bruce Forsyth, unhindered by war, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the indomitable, occasionally racy great-great aunt of London's big summer events. This year's show, overseen by Royal Academician Michael Craig-Martin, is a noticeably colourful affair. All-in-all there are 1,131 works packed into the galleries. Ahead of the official judging for prizes, including the £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award for most distinguished work on show, we were given an exclusive preview to come up with our own winners. Drumroll please; here are the results.

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