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Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022

Daily from Saturday 25 June until Sunday 9 October 2022

Bookings essential

$15 Adult / $12 Concession / $10 Circle of Friends
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize is on display in conjunction with the National Photographic Portrait Prize and the Darling Portrait Prize and tickets grant entry to both exhibitions.

Check our latest conditions of entry related to COVID-19. Please note we cannot accept cash payments at the Gallery.

We were absolutely delighted with every single entry we received. Thank you to everyone who entered, you really did make it extremely difficult! In the end, National Portrait Gallery judges Karen Quinlan AM Director, Karen Vickery Director, Access and Learning, and Rebecca Ray Associate Curator selected 12 portraits from over 350 entries. A big congratulations to all the finalists!

For those of you that don’t know, Little Darlings is for primary and secondary students, with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. For the 2022 prize, we asked them to respond to the theme ‘identity’ by painting, drawing, photographing, printing or combining all of these to make their portrait.

The Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022 is generously supported by Jillian Broadbent AC, Dr Helen Nugent AO, Alan Dodge AM, Hugo Michell, Penny Fowler, Yasmin Allen, Stuart Wood AM QC, Tim Bednall, Nigel Satterley AM & Denise Satterley.

Finalists age 5–7

1 Ring-tail Possum at Night, 2021 Eli Sullivan. 2 Skully, 2021 Ted Tuckey. 3 Miss Penny, 2021 Penelope Rudge.

Finalists age 8–11

1 An Australian, 2021 Bridget Mei Valentine. 2 My Little Brother, 2021 Innes Davenport. 3 My Self Portrait of hope, 2021 Euna Cho.

Finalists age 12–15

1 My sister Queeny wearing her Chinese New Year celebration clothes, 2021 Gigi Guan. 2 Rendered, 2021 Orlando Davies.

Finalists age 16–18

1 La Vita, 2021 Beatrice Porcellato. 2 Family Traditions, 2021 Athena Pham. 3 Farmer Don, 2021 Emma Watkins. 4 Morbid, 2021 Y1Y1.

Exhibition contact: Jane Duong
02 61027070

Entries for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2023 are now open.

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