21 Of The Most Intensely Beautiful Photographs Of Humanity This year

The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition is now on at the National Portrait Gallery.

Celebrating the most beautiful, powerful and provocative portraits in contemporary photography, the annual prize is back at the National Portrait Gallery for 2017.

The winning photograph, above, was from César Dezfuli, and the subject is sixteen-year-old Amadou Sumaila, a Malian refugee who was rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. ‘I think Amadou’s portrait stands out because of the emotions it transmits,’ said César. ‘He had just been rescued by a European vessel, apparently fulfilling his dream. However, his look and his attitude show fear, mistrust and uncertainty, as well as determination and strength.’

The London art exhibition features 58 other works also shortlisted for the grand prize. For some reason, none of these were provided with any information about who took them, so you’ll have to visit in person to learn more about the stories behind these incredible shots.

Tickets are £6 and the exhibition runs until February 8, 2018. More information on the National Portrait Gallery website.