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This exhibition presents the three photographers shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020, which this year is entirely female.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery, celebrates the best of contemporary portrait photography in an open-to-all competition. This exhibition presents this year’s three shortlisted works by photographers Yolanda Y Liou, Alys Tomlinson and Lydia Goldblatt.

The selected images show diversity in themes and techniques. Yolanda Y Liou’s naked portrait of artist, Enam Ewura Adjoa Asiama captures the unapologetic energy and confidence of the sitter, intending ‘to demonstrate self-love and being comfortable with who you are in your own body’.

Alys Tomlinson’s shortlisted series, Lost Summer shows local teenagers whose proms were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, dressed up in what would have been their formal clothes but posing in their backyards or local parks.

Lydia Goldblatt’s photograph, Eden also captures a reality shaped by the pandemic, exploring mothering and family life, intimacy and distance.

One of these three photographers is being announced as this year’s winner on the 24 November.

A virtual gallery replicates the rooms of the National Portrait Gallery, letting online visitors view the works collectively, but also allowing them to explore each portrait individually in more detail.

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