Among the myriad photo competitions around the globe, London’s National Portrait Gallery’s annual prize is always one to watch. The international contest is open to everyone and is always hotly contested – as much for the £12,000 first prize as for the honour of being exhibited at the prestigious gallery during the subsequent three-month show.

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See all the winners and other portraits from this year’s photo competition
This year’s winner was announced at a ceremony Tuesday night from a shortlist of four, whittled down from an initial entry pool of 6,758 submissions, the largest ever. British-born Lottie Davies, 37, took the top honour for ‘Quints’, her moody, classically composed bedroom portrait, inspired by a friend’s nightmare of a quintuplet birth (the first image in our gallery, above).
Hendrik Kerstens took the £3,000 second prize for ‘Bag’, Catherine Balet came third, winning £2,000 for ‘Ines connected with Amina’, and Tom Stoddart collected £1,000 for his fourth-prize winner, ‘Murdoch Reflects’. Vanessa Winship won the Godfrey Argent Award for the best black and white portrait – a £2,500 prize for ‘Sweet Nothings’.
The exhibition, which runs from 6 November until 15 February, will showcase 60 selected portraits including the five winners. ’Louise Bourgeois #2’ by Scott Douglas, an image of the artist at her New York home, might look familiar - it featured in our guest editors issue last month (W*115).