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Finalists announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize

14 November 2018

The National Portrait Gallery would like to congratulate the forty finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

This year over 3,000 entries were received for the Prize, presenting the judging panel - National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator Dr Christopher Chapman, artist and esteemed photographer Hoda Afshar and Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia Anne O'Hehir – the challenge of selecting the exhibition finalists.  

‘The first stage of the judging process resulted in a long list of several hundred possibilities,’ Dr Christopher Chapman said.  ‘Then the judges spent two days of intensive looking to arrive at the final group of 40 finalist photographs for the exhibition.

‘Entries were received from across Australia and we were impressed with how the strongest photographs show just how unique everyone’s life experience can be.  

‘After a lot of discussion, we agreed wholeheartedly on the outstanding quality of the 40 photographic portraits created by the exhibition finalists. These portraits are characterised by an overall sense of assuredness and calm.’

The 40 finalists for the National Photography Portrait Prize 2019 are:

Adam Ferguson
Alan Weedon
Alana Holmberg
Aletheia Casey
Alex Vaughan
Daniel Boetker-Smith
Dave Laslett
Elizabeth Looker
Ingvar Kenne
Isabella Capezio
James Brickwood
Jamila Toderas
Jay Hynes
Jodi McConaghy
Joel Pratley
Jordan Madge
Julian Kingma
Kate Atkinson
Katrin Koenning
Kellie Leczinska
Lee Grant
Lilli Waters
Madeline Bishop
Max Mason-Hubers
Mia McDonald
Michael Murchie
Natalie Nowotarski
Nicholas Garcia
Rachel Peachey
Raphaela Rosella
Rod McNicol
Rosa Spring Voss
Sarah Rhodes
Shea Kirk
Simon Harsent
Stefanie King
Stephen Baccon
Tristan Still
Wouter Van de Voorde
Yask Desai
 

The exhibition of the 40 finalist portraits will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery Canberra from 23 February – 7 April 2019 followed by an exhibition tour.

The Winning and Highly Commended portraits and Art Handlers’ Award will be announced at the launch of the exhibition.

The Winning photographer will receive $30,000 in cash and $22,148 in photographic equipment, including a Mark II DSLR camera courtesy of our imaging partner and first prize sponsor, Canon.

The Highly Commended photographer will receive an EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 27" monitor valued at $3,245 courtesy of EIZO.

The Art Handlers' Award recipient will receive $2,000 cash. 

IMAGES OF THE WORKS ARE WITHHELD UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019 EXHIBITION IN FEBRUARY 2019.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Previous exhibition, 2019

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.