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Canon Australia takes National Photographic Portrait Prize first place to new heights

5 September 2018

Entries are now open for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, with the winner set to receive $52,000 in cash and prizes, including superb contributions from new sponsor, Canon Australia.

First prize now comprises $30,000 cash, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery; a Canon DSLR Camera valued at $9,499; a Canon lens valued at $2,649; and a Canon Colour Graphic Large Format Printer, including professional service and consumables, valued at $10,000.

‘Canon’s aim is to provide platforms for artistic expression and inspiration, so we are thrilled to be partnering with the National Portrait Gallery for their highest award,’ said Andrew Giles, Senior Manager of Communications and Public Relations, Canon Australia.

‘We are ultimately known for the amazing things that people do with our cameras, lenses and printers, and the winner of this award will certainly be able to take full advantage of the creative possibilities the prize offers.’

The Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble, is proud to see the National Photographic Portrait Prize grow each year.

‘The National Photographic Portrait Prize is now in its twelfth year. Over that time, the Prize has gone from strength to strength. We have seen entry numbers double, and supporters of the prize help us increase the benefits for the finalists,’ said Trumble.

‘The Prize supports photographers and encourages them to push the boundaries of portraiture. Winners often say the Prize changed their professional lives for the better and that is why we encourage both professional and aspiring photographers to enter, not just for the chance to win, but for the opportunity to be displayed in Australia’s only portrait gallery.’

Entries are open until 9.00am (AEDT) on 23 October 2018. Finalists will be announced in December and the winner will be revealed at the opening of the exhibition in February 2019.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize strives to promote the very best in contemporary, photographic portraiture by professional and aspiring Australian photographers. Finalists are selected from a national field of competitive entries.

The 2019 prizes include:


Thanks to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and Canon Australia, the Winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 will be awarded more than $50,000 in prizes, as follows:

- $30,000 cash prize courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia

- Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II DSLR Camera - $9,499

- Canon EF85mm f/1.4 L IS Lens - $2,649

- Canon iPF PRO 2000 24” (A1) 12 Colour Graphics Large Format Printer (including professional service and consumables) - $10,000

Highly Commended

Thanks to Eizo, the Highly Commended winner will receive an Eizo monitor valued at $3245:

- Eizo ColorEdge CG2730 27” Monitor – $3245

Art Handlers’ Award

In 2019, the winner of the Art Handlers’ Award will receive $2,000 cash thanks to IAS Fine Art Logistics, plus return shipping of their artwork after the regional tour:

- $2000 cash prize

- Return shipping of the artwork

The exhibition of finalists will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 23 February until 7 April 2019, before touring the country.