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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 2019 celebrate images submitted to, and rejected by, the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

image copyrightMark Wallis
image caption"Ché-Loui and Evelyn-Rose were photographed at their home in Kent on the morning of their mother's wedding." - Mark Wallis

The awards were founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011. Photographer Peter Dench selected this year's winners.

"I lived with the portraits for a week and looked at them every day. It was a short, intense and rewarding relationship," Dench said.

"From the bedroom to the kitchen, the mountains to the sea, the park to posh public school.

"The selection, I hope, will move you and motivate, inform, encourage and engage. It's what a portrait should do and in my opinion, these succeed."

image copyrightAmit Lennon
image captionWilfred Emmanuel Jones, also known as The Black Farmer. "He is quite an impressive and inspiring character. After a successful career in TV as a producer, and running a food marketing agency, he set up his farm in Devon and founded his gluten-free brand, The Black Farmer." - Amit Lennon
image copyrightBen Roberts
image captionHunting competitor Kadirbarj Abylajkhan poses with his tazy dogs at the World Nomad Games, high in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. "Over 2,000 athletes from 80 different nations gathered to compete... from wrestling on horseback to traditional archery with a handmade bow and arrows." - Ben Roberts
image copyrightCarol Allen Storey
image caption"Brian, three, snuggles up to his mum, Florence, to take a snooze. Florence Nyiramahirwe, 19, is in a relaxed mood as she recollects how she was despondent when she became pregnant at the age of 15. Her family and community created a cloud of shame because she was unmarried." - Carol Allen Storey
image copyrightDavid Vintiner
image caption"The shoot took its inspiration from portraits of [artists] Gilbert and George. I started off well but inevitably ended up confusing which one was Ant and which one was Dec, constantly calling them by the wrong name. I guess they're used to it." - David Vintiner
image copyrightDavid Woolfall
image caption"Jenni, from a project about people and their life-changing moments." - David Woolfall
image copyrightFrancisco de Gomez
image caption"[This] was the last Christmas with my mother. The tradition at home is to kiss the baby Jesus at midnight before putting the nativity together. After three months of chemotherapy treatments for liver cancer, my mother was exhausted... we brought the baby Jesus figurine to [her] bed to continue the tradition." - Francisco de Gomez
image copyrightNicola Muirhead
image caption"These young Bermudian girls are representative of what will be the future generation of the island of Bermuda. They will have to take up the challenge of navigating through the legacy of the island's colonial past; finding strength in their shared human stories, of which we are all connected." - Nicola Muirhead
image copyrightZoe Norfolk
image caption"Alex, Maddie and Daniel." - Zoe Norfolk

Portrait Salon 2019 will be exhibited at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from 21 to 24 November. Portrait Salon will then travel to Photo North Festival in Harrogate from 30 November to 2 December 2019.

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