From Sudanese refugees saved from the horrors of conflict, to a septuagenarian surfer on a Cornish beach – the UK’s diversity is being celebrated with a series of stunning images.
Portrait of Britain, the UK’s biggest photography exhibition, returns for a second year, with entries being flashed on boards in public areas such as train stations, Heathrow Airport and shopping centres up and down the nation.
Following an open call by British Journal of Photography, nearly 8000 portraits were entered, from which the final 100 have been chosen.
Also featuring is an Inner Hebrides islander and her hawk, a decorated soldier, a group of siblings waiting for their mother to come home from work and a pensioner living on a blighted housing estate an an elegant Iranian woman.
There are celebrities such such playwright Tom Stoppard, artists Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin and rapper Skepta, as well as unsung heroes such as Rebecca Bunce, co-founder of a domestic violence charity, and Dr. Henry Marsh, the pioneering neurosurgeon.
There are also unsung heroes such as Rebecca Bunce, co-founder of a domestic violence charity, and Dr. Henry Marsh, the pioneering neurosurgeon.
Mayas, Ghaida, Eithar, Arafa, Amr, Wael and Akram (pictured left to right): a refugee family from Darfur offered the chance to resettle in the UK, as part of the government’s Gateway programme, photographed outside their house in Hul
Gwyn Haslock, Praa Sands, Cornwall, August 2016. Haslock, who at the age of 71, has surfed every day on Cornish beaches near her home for the past forty years. Photographed after a surf session on the beach at Praa Sands. I have no idea who the Orthodox Jewish family were, they appeared, unbidden, from the dunes after I had asked Gwyn to pose on the rocks. They moved about her for a few moments entirely absorbed in their own family, unaware of us and then moved on. It was a wonderfully incongruous, and very British, moment
Sherry in East London. Originally from Iran, Sherry epitomises Persian glamour. She has a grace and elegance rarely seen in younger women but looks right at home in the depths of East London
A group of siblings outside their home in Clapton, London, waiting for their mother to come home. The portrait is part of an ongoing documentation – titled ‘I Love Chatsworth Road’ – of the residents in Lower Clapton, east London, I started in 2010
Here is a portrait of Mickaella from the Candoco dance company. A group of disabled & non-disabled dancers who are pushing boundaries to change perceptions of what dance is and who can dance
Eva Khyne-Sam is a makeup artist who has begun sharing images of her skin on Instagram. Eva has the skin condition Vitiligo. Vitiligo occurs when there is a lack of pigment in the skin which causes white patches to develop on the skin
Captain Anani-Isaac, The Royal Lancers from Series Soldiery (British Army Portraits) By Rory Lewis Photographer. Capturing the Essence, the Valour, the Prestige, Honour & Diversity
John, Cressingham Gardens Estate, London. From the series ‘Sanctum Ephemeral’ about life on a blighted housing estate
Leo, from London, who has a skin pigmentation deficiency. This entry was captured by photographer Andrea Zvadova and will feature in the collection