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The best photos rejected from the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Prize

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The Portrait Salon Awards 2017 celebrate images submitted to, and rejected by, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize.

image copyrightAndy Lo Po
image captionAndy Lo Po's picture captures the current line-up at contemporary dance company Candoco

The awards were founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011.

Artist Julie Cockburn selected 46 images for this year's exhibition, on 16 November 2017 in London Fields.

She says: "As an artist who looks at and works with portraits every day, I thought that selecting from the submissions to Portrait Salon would be a straightforward process - but it was one of the hardest things I have done, testing me, educating me and touching me in ways I had not expected."

image copyrightJames Perolls
image caption"Alexander hid his passion to cross-dress until July 2016. This photograph documents the first time he wore women's clothing outdoors," says photographer James Perolls
image copyrightDave Imms
image captionDave Imms's picture was taken during an initiative in Iceland to encourage young people to reject substance abuse and to promote health and family bonding
image copyrightDavid Eaton
image captionRhiannon & Rhiannon was taken by David Eaton
image copyrightHarry Borden
image caption"My portrait is of my son Oscar. I was inspired to make this image when I noticed the proliferation of enamel badges on his lapel. I guess they confer status within the hierarchy of the school," says Harry Borden
image copyrightWill Hartley
image captionMaria, Spring Break, Cancun, Mexico, 2017 was taken by Will Hartley
image copyrightDean Belcher
image captionDean Belcher photographed Mary, who lives in a home for people with long-term mental illness, in Dulwich, south London
image copyrightJasper Fry
image captionJasper Fry photographed Abdoulie, who plays for Afro Napoli United, which focuses on anti-racism and integrates refugee footballers with Neapolitans
image copyrightLeon Foggitt
image captionChris was photographed by Leon Foggitt, at Submit to Love Studios, home to a collective of self-taught artists who have had brain injuries
image copyrightLewis Khan
image captionGina and is one of a series of images produced by Lewis Khan during an artist residency at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
image copyrightMark Aitken
image captionMark Aitken photographed Phylis in Cressingham Gardens estate, Tulse Hill, south London
image copyrightNicola Muirhead
image captionAs part of her series on Trellick Tower, in west London, Nicola Muirhead photographed Edith
image copyrightSarah Lee
image captionSarah Lee photographed twins Joe and Duke Brooks, 15
image copyrightMatt MacPake
image captionMatt MacPake photographed Carol, a cracker packer at Carr's of Carlisle
image copyrightTom Barnes
image captionTom Barnes photographed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for Shortlist Magazine

The exhibition of 46 portraits can be seen at The Atrium at Ravensbourne, London, from 23 November to 7 December 2017.

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