I have absolutely loved looking at the beautiful portraits posted this week. Having to choose so few has proved very difficult. I chose the following because they kept me looking and sparked a real interest in the subjects as people. All the pictures show the marvellous skill of revealing layers of character to us. The connections they show are brave and intimate, daring to really see another person. The winner this week is a portrait full of a complex mix of strength and vulnerability, and shows the depth of the connection between photographer and photographed. Thank you so much to everyone who shared images this week. I have learnt a lot from them and feel truly inspired to get closer in my portraits.