'It was with excitement and a sense of privilege that I approached the judging for this year's awards - and all the anticipation was duly fulfilled. There was a mesmerising array of photographic talent on display, capturing a rich diversity of styles, international settings, technical virtuosity and colour. The judging process is passionate and intense and the editing is daunting; wistfully, we had to leave some much-admired works behind. The shortlisted photographers fully deserve our congratulations, the selection of their portraits for show from the thousands submitted is a great testament to their manifest quality.'
Managing Partner, UK, Taylor Wessing