15 September 2011
Last updated at 12:20
For the first time five photographers - instead of four - have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Jooney Woodward said she took just three shots of 13-year-old Harriet Power - a steward at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, using natural light from a skylight above. She ended up submitting the very first photo she captured.
The winner receives £12,000, but there are smaller cash amounts for all four runners up. Jill Wooster captured her friend Lili for her picture, which was taken as part of a series of photos portraying women in their forties and fifties at "pivotal stages of their lives", Wooster said.
The final shortlist was determined by a panel of judges from 6,000 submissions from a mixture of established and emerging photographic talent. The judges also selected 60 images, which will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. Jasper Clarke's Wen was taken from a personal project depicting artists and musicians who live in their work spaces.
Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said determining the shortlist always "produces much creative debate about what makes an exceptional portrait today". Dona Schwartz's portrait captured Christina and Mark Bigelow in their son's empty bedroom as part of a series of photos which explore moments of change in parents' lives. Last year, her portrait of expectant parents was chosen for the exhibition.
David Knight's picture of 15-year-old Andie Poetschka was commissioned by Loud for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to raise awareness of the condition throughout Australia. This is the third year running that his work has been included in the exhibition, but is the first time on the shortlist. The exhibition begins on 10 November and will run until February next year. The winner will be announced on 8 November.