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Swimmer's portrait up for honour

Rosie Bancroft by Paul Floyd Blake
Paul Floyd Blake, who photographed Rosie Bancroft, began his career at 40

An image of a teenage swimmer aiming for glory at the 2012 Olympics has been shortlisted for the 2009 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Paul Floyd Blake's photo shows Rosie Bancroft from Oxford shortly after beating her personal best.

The other three contenders include a portrait of a Russian juvenile prisoner sentenced for murder.

This year's £12,000 prize winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 3 November.

'Ideal image'

The winner will be among the 60 to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 November, running until 14 February.

The final choices were made by a panel of judges from a total of 6,300 submissions from a mixture of established and emerging photographic talent.

Finalist Michal Chelbin captured the image of 15-year-old Russian prisoner Stas, and spent several days getting to know him. He discovered on the final day that he was being held for murder.

Mirjana Virbaski's Girl shows an unnamed female photographed in the Netherlands, which she says was taken in a single shot.

The Canadian-born photographer said of her work: "I only took one shot of her because I could immediately feel that I reached my ideal image with her."

The fourth and final hopeful for the prize is Vanessa Winship's girl wearing a golden dress, taken in Georgia.

"I particularly liked the delicacy of her features and the way she held herself in what looked like a new and best outfit," said the British photographic artist.



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