[Image credit: David Stewart]

David Stewart beat nearly 5,000 entries with an image called ‘Five Girls’, a portrait of his daughter and her friends.

The portrait, which mirrors a photo Stewart took of the girls seven years ago, earned the photographer the £12,000 top prize.

Speaking about the portrait earlier this year, Stewart said: ‘I have always had a fascination with the way people interact – or, in this case, fail to interact, which inspired the photograph of this group of girls.

‘While the girls are physically very close and their style and clothing highlight their membership of the same peer group, there is an element of distance between them.’

In the first version of the image, the girls were about to start their GCSEs. In the updated version, they have just graduated from university.

The £3,000 second prize went to Anoush Abrar who was born in Iran and lives in Switzerland.

London-based portrait photographer Peter Zelewski came third.

And UK photographer Ivor Prickett won fourth prize with a photograph of a displaced Iraqi family who had fled their village near Mosul after ISIS took control (see below).

npg.974.1419.3.web[Image credit: Ivor Prickett ]

The award was announced last night by the National Portrait Gallery.

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