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Harold David Takes out the People’s Choice Award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize

8 June 2018

The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David
The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David

The votes are in and the National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake by Harold David is the people’s choice for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018.

It was the tightest race in the history of the People's Choice Award for the top five this year with New South Wales based photographer Mr David taking out the People’s Choice by a single vote.

‘This is the first year I have been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize and to be selected from more than 3000 entries was a win not just for me but all of the other finalists as well,’ said Mr David.

‘It was such a privilege to photograph Bob Hawke! Politicians do not come like that anymore: intelligent, yet a person of the people. I’m so grateful that my portrait of him should win the People’s Choice Award, I’m chuffed.’

Mr David has won a Pro-1000 printer valued at $1,799 and a maintenance cartridge and paper to the value of $200 thanks to Sun Studios.

One lucky voter has also won an accommodation package to the value of $2,000 courtesy of Crowne Plaza Canberra.

The top five portraits as voted by the people are:

1. The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake by Harold David

2. John Patten (Johnny Jarrett), 1958 Australian bantamweight boxing champion by Tiffany Garvie

3. Amanda by Bill Gekas

4. Kayla by Stuart Miller

5. Tre, Dubbo by David Pritchard

1John Patten (Johnny Jarrett), 1958 Australian bantamweight boxing champion, 2017 by Tiffany Jane Garvie. 2Amanda, 2017 by Bill Gekas. 3Kayla, 2017 by Stuart Miller. 4Tre, Dubbo, 2017 by David Prichard.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 exhibition is on display at the Portrait Gallery in Canberra until 17 June 2018. It will then travel to the following locations:

Yarra Ranges Regional Gallery, Lilydale, Victoria – 7 July to 2 September 2018

Hamilton Regional Gallery, Hamilton, Victoria – 21 September to 4 November 2018

Bay Discovery Centre, Glenelg, South Australia – 7 December 2018 to 3 February 2019

Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, New South Wales – 16 February to 21 April 2019

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

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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.