London’s National Portrait Gallery has released the shortlist for its annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, ahead of the winner being announced in October. The competition is open to professionals as well as amateur photographers, and carries a top prize of £15,000 (approx. $19k). The winner and shortlisted images, along with selected others, make up an exhibition that runs at the NPG for four months and an accompanying catalogue.

The print-only competition is sometimes controversial in its choices, and gave birth to the Portrait Salon – an independent group that only exhibits images rejected by the Taylor Wessing competition.

For more information see the National Portrait Gallery website.