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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.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition from Saturday 1 April 2017 until Sunday 18 June 2017
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy. © Gary Grealy

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 2017 is

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay by Gary Grealy

Two portraits received the Highly Commended Award: Renaissance Rose by John Benavente, and Mastura by Brett Canet-Gibson. The Art Handlers' Award went to Tobias Titz for Bobby Bunungurr. Brett Canet-Gibson also won the People's Choice Award for Trevor Jamieson.

For the 10th anniversary of the National Photographic Portrait Prize, judges Joanna Gilmour (Curator, National Portrait Gallery), Dr Sarah Engledow (Curator, National Portrait Gallery) and George Fetting (guest judge, photographer) selected 49 portraits from nearly 3000 entries. We thank everyone who submitted photographs for the Prize.

49 NPPP 2017 portraits

1Renaissance Rose, 2016 by John Benavente. 2Mastura, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson. 3Bobby Bunungurr, 2016 by Tobias Titz. 4Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson. © Brett Canet-Gibson. 5Lucinda with stung eye, 2016 by Jon Reid. 6Luke and Nacoya, 2016 by Daniel Sponiar.

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Joanna Gilmour (curator)

Dr Sarah Engledow (curator)

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

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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Installing David Walsh
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On the road again

Magazine article by Dr Deborah Hill, 2017

Deborah Hill talks figures with character, as the National Portrait Gallery touring exhibitions program welcomes its millionth visitor.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Previous exhibition, 2018

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.

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius
Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius
Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius
Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Elegance in exile

Portrait drawings from colonial Australia

Previous exhibition, 2012

Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius: four artists who, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.

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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.