The 39th year of one of the world's most important art competitions dedicated to portraiture.
The BP Portrait Award is aimed at encouraging artists over the age of 18 to focus on and develop the theme of portraiture in their work. A first prize of £35,000 makes it one of the largest competitions of its kind.
This year there were 2,667 entries from 88 countries, and the panel of judges include journalist and broadcaster Rosie Millard and artist Glenn Brown.
The four short-listed portraits are Miriam Escofet’s portrait of her mother, An Angel At My Table; Time Traveller, Matthew Napping by Felicia Forte, which shows her partner Matthew DeJong asleep in bed; Ania Hobson’s A Portrait Of Two Female Painters, depicting the artist and her sister in law, Stevie Dix; and Zhu Tongyao’s portrait of his Italian neighbour, Simone.