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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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

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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

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

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Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

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.

NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?

Terms and conditions

NPPP 2020

National Photographic Portrait Prize

These terms and conditions govern your entry to the National Portrait Gallery’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Current exhibition

from Friday 6 March

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

Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker

National Portrait Prizes highlights tour

Tue 23 Jun until Sun 27 Sep
11:15am; 2:15pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

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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.