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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Previous exhibition
from Friday 6 March until Sunday 27 September 2020
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

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 2020 is

The mahi-mahi  by Rob Palmer

The Highly Commended Award went to Hugh Stewart for Eileen Kramer is a dancer. The Art Handlers' Award went to Shea Kirk for Gemma Baxter (right view). The People’s Choice Award went to Klarissa Dempsey for Wonder.

For the 2020 Prize, judges Nici Cumpston (guest judge, Curator, Art Gallery of South Australia), Naomi Hobson (guest judge, painter and photographer), and Penny Grist (Curator, National Portrait Gallery) selected 47 portraits from over 2400 entries. We thank everyone who submitted photographs for the Prize.

47 NPPP 2020 portraits

1 Wonder, 2019 Klarissa Dempsey. 2 Eileen Kramer is a dancer, 2019 Hugh Stewart. 3 Gemma Baxter (right view), 2019 Shea Kirk. 4 Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie. 5 Lenny, 2019 Karen Waller. 6 Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Nuova Gibellina, 2019 Tim Hillier.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Previous exhibition, 2019

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.

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Current exhibition

from Saturday 31 July 2021

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.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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