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Take a leap of faith this leap year!

Have we got a proposal for you: to celebrate the launch of the National Portrait Gallery’s upcoming blockbuster exhibition Love Stories, we’re offering a unique opportunity for someone to pop the big question on the 29th of February!

Simply tell us your love story in 100 words or a 1-minute video and you could win an exclusive before-hours private highlights tour, an intimate moment to propose in the beautiful Gallery building, a portrait session with a professional photographer before a champagne breakfast onsite at Portrait Cafe, a night’s accommodation at Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection in Braddon and tickets to the opening night of Love Stories!

Sound engaging? Send your entry—along with your full name, age (must be over 18), email address, phone number and social handles—to lovestories@npg.gov.au by 11:59 pm on Sunday 23 February. The winner be notified on Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Get all the fine print here.

My how times have changed – for the better!

Apparently there’s an old Irish tradition known as Bachelor’s Day where, on the 29th of February, a woman was allowed (yes, ‘allowed’) to propose to a man if she was sick of waiting. Similar traditions then popped up around the world, with some countries like Scotland embedding in law that if the man declined, he’d have to pay a fine in the form of anything from a kiss to buying her 12 pairs of gloves (to cover up the ‘shame’ of not being married).

Of course, confirmation of these traditions are a little sketchy, but the point is, we thankfully live in a time where we have marriage equality and hope that we can reframe this day as a fun-tradition for anyone asking anyone for their hand. Match-elor’s Day, perhaps?

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