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The National Portrait Prizes 2022

Daily from Saturday 25 June until Sunday 9 October 2022

Bookings essential

$15 Adult / $12 Concession / $10 Circle of Friends
This ticket grants entry to both the National Photographic Portrait Prize and Darling Portrait Prize

Check our latest conditions of entry related to COVID-19. Please note we cannot accept cash payments at the Gallery.

The Prize Season is upon us!

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG, who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. This year, the judges selected 39 finalists from a field of hundreds.

Annual crowd favourite, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, reflects the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers, and the unique nature of their subjects. In 2022, the judges had such a difficult time narrowing down the entries to just 50.

The Prizes are now open, with the bonus inaugural Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize also on show. With one ticket, you can see all three!

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This program is wheelchair accessible.

Other ways to book: Phone 02 6102 7070 or email bookings@npg.gov.au

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Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Current exhibition

from Saturday 25 June

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Current exhibition

from Saturday 25 June

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.

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022

Current exhibition

from Saturday 25 June

Little Darlings is for primary and secondary students, with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. Responding to the theme ‘identity’, students painted, drew, photographed, printed or combined all of these to make their portrait.

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