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Darling Portrait Prize

Daily from Friday 6 March 2020 until Sunday 27 September 2020
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

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The Darling Portrait Prize is Australia’s grand new annual prize for painted portraits, joining the iconic National Photographic Portrait Prize at Australia’s home of portraiture. The winner for 2020 is

Elizabeth by Anthea da Silva

Anthea has won the inaugural $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize with her painting of the ‘high priestess’ of Australian contemporary dance, Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM.

The Judges noted the exceptional quality of entries, awarding High Commendations to Sibone Heary for her self-portrait, titled The In Between, David Darcy for his depiction of 86 year-old Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman, and Sean Hutton for his portrait of installation artist Tamara Dean. David Darcy also won the People's Choice Award, receiving $10,000 thanks to the generous support of  the Liangis family, founding benefactors of the National Portrait Gallery.

40 Darling Portrait Prize finalists

1Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy. 2The In Between, 2019 Sibone Heary. 3Tamara Dean, 2019 Sean Hutton. 4A new beginning, 2019 Dagmar Cyrulla. 5Balancing Act, 2019 Vincent Fantauzzo. 6Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove, 2018 Zoe Young.

Related people

L. Gordon Darling AC, CMG

Related information

The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Current exhibition

from Friday 6 March

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.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

Terms and conditions

DPP 2020

Darling Portrait Prize

These terms and conditions govern your entry to the National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize.

Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva

Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

Sat 22 Aug
2:30pm

Join Darling Portrait Prize winner Anthea da Silva as she shares her passion for life drawing and portraiture and experiments with a range of drawing and painting styles.

Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Gordon Darling

by Jiawei Shen

Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

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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.