See Top Photography at this Annual London Exhibition

The focus is on individuals in the National Portrait Gallery's annual photography competition.

London’s museums and galleries hold countless old masterpieces, contemporary works and groundbreaking pieces of art. But, let’s not forget photography. Take a look at one of the nation's most popular exhibitions, opening this month at National Portrait Gallery.

People are fascinating, and this is perhaps what is so compelling about the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which invites submissions that portray ‘people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.’ To give an idea, a man carrying a goat in his rucksack and a woman with a tutu on her head are just some of the past entries for the prize, showing at the National Portrait Gallery (from 13 Nov). This year’s finalists are Jessica Fulford, Birgit Püve, Blerim Racaj and David Titlow. 

Skate Girl, by Jessica Fulford-Dobson at National Portrait Gallery
Skate Girl, a photo by Jessica Fulford-Dobson, a finalist at National Portrait Gallery (©Jessica Fulford-Dobson/National Portrait Gallery)

Fulford-Dobson’s photograph Skate Girl is from a wider series, in which she has captured Afghan girls who take part in the unique event, NGO Skateistan. The event provides education for disadvantaged young children. ‘It is here that for a few hours a week they are able to have some semblance of a childhood, find room to bloom, in a place that is detached from the war, from many of their tough living conditions, and their working life on the streets’, Fulford-Dobson comments. 

David Titlow's photo at National Portrait Gallery, London
Titlow's photo of his baby son (©Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow ©David Titlow/National Portrait Gallery)

Having worked for numerous publications such as Vice and Vanity Fair, fashion photographer David Titlow’s work Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow, captures the moment when his baby son is introduced to his dog. ‘The composition and back light was so perfect that I had to capture the moment’, he says.

The competition is open to contemporary submissions from photographers around the world – ranging from talented beginners to established professionals, with a winner's prize of £12,000. 

The exhibition runs from 13 November to 22 February 2015.