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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 24 March until Sunday 17 June 2018
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

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 2018 is

Charlie by Lee Grant

The Highly Commended Award went to Filomena Rizzo for My Olivia. The Art Handlers' Award went to Stephanie Simcox for Joey. Harold David won the People’s Choice Award for The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake.

For the 2018 Prize, judges Petrina Hicks (guest judge, photographer), Robert Cook (Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia), and Dr Christopher Chapman (Senior Curator, National Portrait Gallery) selected 43 portraits from over 3000 entries. We thank everyone who submitted photographs for the Prize.

43 NPPP 2018 portraits

1 My Olivia, 2017 by Filomena Rizzo. 2 The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David. 3 Joey, 2017 by Stephanie Simcox. 4 John Patten (Johnny Jarrett), 1958 Australian bantamweight boxing champion, 2017 by Tiffany Jane Garvie. 5 Amanda, 2017 by Bill Gekas. 6 Kayla, 2017 by Stuart Miller.

Related people

Dr Christopher Chapman (curator)

Related information

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.

The girls, 2017 by Tamara Dean
The girls, 2017 by Tamara Dean
The girls, 2017 by Tamara Dean
The girls, 2017 by Tamara Dean

Snap decisions

Magazine article by Robert Cook, 2018

NPPP judge Robert Cook provides irreverent insight into this year’s fare, and having to be a bit judgemental.

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso

Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

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

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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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