Amira and her Children © Ivor Prickett

The photo, by London-based documentary photographer Ivor Prickett, shows Amira and her children in northern Iraq in September 2014.

Prickett, who captured the image while on assignment for refugee agency UNHCR, said: ‘I met Amira and her family in the tent where they were living at the Baharka [refugee] camp near Erbil; they had fled their village near Mosul after Isis had taken control of the area.

‘I spent some time speaking with Amira about what her family had gone through.

‘As they became more comfortable with me being there, they really started to express their closeness and became very tactile.

‘It was a beautiful moment to witness in the midst of such a difficult situation.’

The photo was one of four selected from nearly 5,000 entries in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

More than 2,200 photographers entered the international competition, which was founded in 1993.

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