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In pictures: the winning portraits of the Taylor Wessing Prize

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Matt Breen

The winners of the National Portrait Gallery's annual Taylor Wessing Prize were announced on Tuesday. As usual, they're a pretty eclectic selection. So here they are:

First prize: 'Katlehong Matsenen' by Claudio Rasano

'Katlehong Matsenen', 2016. From the series 'Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare' by Claudio Rasano. © Claudio Rasano.

Second prize: '16.02.20 #1 Thea+Maxwell' by Joni Sternbach

'16.02.20 #1 Thea+Maxwell', from the series 'Surfland' by Joni Sternbach. © Joni Sternbach.

 Third prize: Shimi Beitar Illit (left) Tilly and Itty Beitar Illit (right) by Kovi Konowiecki

Right: 'Tilly and Itty Beitar Illit', from the series 'Bei Mir Bistu Shein', by Kovi Konowiecki © Kovi Konowiecki; Left: 'Shimi Beitar Illit', from the series 'Bei Mir Bistu Shein', by Kovi Konowiecki. © Kovi Konowiecki.

John Kobal New Work Award: 'Frances' by Josh Redman

'Frances by Josh Redman', February 2016. © Josh Redman.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is on display at the National Portrait Gallery until February 26 2017.

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