A large, formally posed painting of a homeless German man called Karel – who gets by from cleaning car windscreens – has won the
Ganter, 40, was due to pick up his £30,000 winnings at the
He has previously explained how it was a chance sighting outside
Ganter said by portraying Karel in a manner normally reserved for nobles, he "tried to emphasise that everyone deserves respect and care".
The judges said they had been "struck by the intensity of the sitter's gaze and how every texture and surface was rendered in intricate detail".
Second prize went to
This year there were 2,377 entries from 71 countries. The best will be displayed at the popular portrait prize exhibition (285,514 people visited in 2013) until 21 September. After that it will tour
It is the 25th year of
The Guardian has published a letter signed by more than 200 arts practitioners and arts workers – including poet
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