The work of some of the world’s most talented photographers goes on show at the Beaney in Canterbury from Saturday 8 July.

The ever-popular Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, organised by the National Portrait Gallery, returns to the Beaney’s Special Exhibitions Room. It showcases the work of some of the most talented young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs.

This year’s exhibition features images from the 2016 competition, which attracted more than 4,000 entries, including all of the prestigious prize winners. The top prize of £15,000 was won by Claudio Rasano for his photograph of a Johannesburg schoolboy.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world.

Since beginning in 1993, it has remained a hugely important platform for portrait photographers and offers an unparalleled opportunity for celebrated professionals, emerging artists and amateurs alike.

The exhibition features a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family. The images explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations.

Chairman of Canterbury City Council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “We are very pleased to once again welcome this world class exhibition back to Canterbury. It is always popular with visitors to the Beaney, and we expect this year to be no different.

“We pride ourselves on showcasing the very best photography, which we are continuing through this successful and ongoing partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.”

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize runs from Saturday 8 July to Sunday 29 October. Admission is free. The gallery is open between 10am and 5pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, and midday to 5pm on Sundays. The exhibition also forms part of the programme for this year’s Canterbury Festival.