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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.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 19 March until Sunday 26 June 2016
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 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. The winner for 2016 is

Life Dancers by Elizabeth Looker

Asha on North Brother by Sean Davey received the Highly Commended award.

On Albatross Island by Matthew Newton won the inaugrual Art Handler's Award.

Levi Miller on the set of "Red Dog: True Blue" by David Darcy won the People's Choice Award.

Read comments from the judges, Dr Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator, Penny Grist (National Portrait Gallery Assistant Curator) and Narelle Autio (Photographer).

49 NPPP 2016 portraits

1 Asha on North Brother, NSW, 2015 by Sean Davey. 2 On Albatross Island, 2015 by Matthew Newton. 3 Levi Miller on the set of "Red Dog: True Blue", 2015 by David Darcy. 4 Dusty and Jed, 2015 by Louise Whelan. 5 Shogun, 2015 by Joshua Morris. 6 Neato with Daniel, 2015 by James Geer.

Related people

Dr Christopher Chapman (curator)

Penelope Grist (curator)

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Previous exhibition, 2015

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 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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Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
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Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

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.

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