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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012
2012 Winner
<strong>Jack Charles</strong>, by Roderick McNicol<br />Jack Charles has led what is euphemistically called 'a colourful life'. Part of the stolen generation, Jack has had an extensive, if at times an interrupted career as an actor, working in both theatre and film. Parallel to this, however, there has been another, darker life of drug abuse, crime and internment. Add to this Jack's revelation and exploration of gayness and one gets a glimpse of this 'colourful life'! Happy now, with his drug dependency well and truly behind him and his acting career flourishing, Jack is thriving in a new role as mentor to his community.
Jack Charles
by Roderick McNicol
Jack Charles has led what is euphemistically called 'a colourful life'. Part of the stolen generation, Jack has had an extensive, if at times an interrupted career as an actor, working in both theatre and film. Parallel to this, however, there has been another, darker life of drug abuse, crime and internment. Add to this Jack's revelation and exploration of gayness and one gets a glimpse of this 'colourful life'! Happy now, with his drug dependency well and truly behind him and his acting career flourishing, Jack is thriving in a new role as mentor to his community.
Call for entries

The call for entries for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 will open in October 2012.

People's choice
<strong>Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio</strong>, by John McRae<br />I had the great pleasure of photographing Margaret in her Paddington studio, a place well known for its colourful clutter and referred to by some friends as 'The Dolls House'. In my portrait, Margaret is seated in her painting chair, confronting the lens with her particular sense of candour and an uncommon frailty. As far as I know, this may well be the last photo taken of her before her death the following month. Christine France - art critic, author of Margaret Olley (1990), commented,
Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio
by John McRae
I had the great pleasure of photographing Margaret in her Paddington studio, a place well known for its colourful clutter and referred to by some friends as 'The Dolls House'. In my portrait, Margaret is seated in her painting chair, confronting the lens with her particular sense of candour and an uncommon frailty. As far as I know, this may well be the last photo taken of her before her death the following month. Christine France - art critic, author of Margaret Olley (1990), commented, "It is a wonderful photo in that it captures both the vulnerability and sense of enquiry which entered her face in the last months of her life".

4979 people voted for their favourite portrait after viewing the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery between 20 March and 14 May 2012.

2012 Finalists
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