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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.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

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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Selected images

Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Barry & Alkirra – The House in Carrington, 2014 by Katherine Williams
Barry & Alkirra – The House in Carrington, 2014 by Katherine Williams
Feather and the Goddess Pool, 2014 by Natalie Grono
Feather and the Goddess Pool, 2014 by Natalie Grono
The Dame, 2014 by Brock Elbank
The Dame, 2014 by Brock Elbank
Jezeril II, 2014 by Douglas Gibson
Jezeril II, 2014 by Douglas Gibson
Beau & Leon, 2014 by David Rosendale
Beau & Leon, 2014 by David Rosendale
Matilda after the match, 2014 by Andrew Merry
Matilda after the match, 2014 by Andrew Merry
My friend Siu’s dear mother, Mrs Chan, 2014 by Rod McNicol
My friend Siu’s dear mother, Mrs Chan, 2014 by Rod McNicol
The Christening, 2014 by Sarah Rhodes
The Christening, 2014 by Sarah Rhodes
Jessica, 2014 by Brett Canet-Gibson
Jessica, 2014 by Brett Canet-Gibson
Odysseus, 2014 by Bill Gekas
Odysseus, 2014 by Bill Gekas
Cactus World, Lester Meyers, 2014 by Man Tsun Cheung
Cactus World, Lester Meyers, 2014 by Man Tsun Cheung
Not so remote, 2014 by Philip Myers
Not so remote, 2014 by Philip Myers
Divine, 2014 by Hugh Peachey
Divine, 2014 by Hugh Peachey
Blue, 2014 by Adrian P Connelly
Blue, 2014 by Adrian P Connelly
Man of many faces, 2014 by Jason Ierace
Man of many faces, 2014 by Jason Ierace
Ela Stiles, 2014 by Max Doyle
Ela Stiles, 2014 by Max Doyle
A look I’ve never seen before, 2014 by Ketakii Jewson-Brown
A look I’ve never seen before, 2014 by Ketakii Jewson-Brown
Joel, Mitchell Queensland, 2014 by Matthew Abbott
Joel, Mitchell Queensland, 2014 by Matthew Abbott
Ronnie Howard still dancing, 2014 by Ivan Gaal
Ronnie Howard still dancing, 2014 by Ivan Gaal
Who’s that lady?, 2014 by Ferne Millen
Who’s that lady?, 2014 by Ferne Millen
Catherine in black silk gown, 2014 by Chris Budgeon
Catherine in black silk gown, 2014 by Chris Budgeon
Former prime ministers of Australia, 2014 by Alex Ellinghausen
Former prime ministers of Australia, 2014 by Alex Ellinghausen
Sophie and Ann Cape – artists, 2014 by Gary Grealy
Sophie and Ann Cape – artists, 2014 by Gary Grealy
Now we must climb higher, 2014 by Mark Hopper
Now we must climb higher, 2014 by Mark Hopper
HOMELAND The importance of place, 2014 by Dave Laslett
HOMELAND The importance of place, 2014 by Dave Laslett
Negotiating a family portrait – a study of history, myth and identity, 2014 by Marzena Wasikowska
Negotiating a family portrait – a study of history, myth and identity, 2014 by Marzena Wasikowska
The morticians, 2014 by Rohan Thomson
The morticians, 2014 by Rohan Thomson
Christine (self portrait), 2014 by Christine Arnaldi
Christine (self portrait), 2014 by Christine Arnaldi
Tom and Pepper, 2014 by Michael Kennedy
Tom and Pepper, 2014 by Michael Kennedy
Lyndon, 2014 by Janie Barrett
Lyndon, 2014 by Janie Barrett
Joey, 2014 by Elke Meitzel
Joey, 2014 by Elke Meitzel
First line in the water, 2014 by Reece McMillan
First line in the water, 2014 by Reece McMillan
My home, 2014 by Peter Blakeman
My home, 2014 by Peter Blakeman
Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris
Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris
James – back to life, 2014 by Alan McDonald
James – back to life, 2014 by Alan McDonald
Thomas from series Bois to Men, 2014 by Monique Montfroy
Thomas from series Bois to Men, 2014 by Monique Montfroy
Strikethrough (self portrait), 2014 by Sarah Walker
Strikethrough (self portrait), 2014 by Sarah Walker
Chest piece, 2014 by Jeremy Shaw
Chest piece, 2014 by Jeremy Shaw
Jokowi, Indonesia, 2014 by Adam Ferguson
Jokowi, Indonesia, 2014 by Adam Ferguson
Youthful intrigue, 2014 by Stuart Elwin
Youthful intrigue, 2014 by Stuart Elwin
Sasha and Gus, 2014 by Amanda James
Sasha and Gus, 2014 by Amanda James
Call Me Daddy, 2014 by Claire Wilson
Call Me Daddy, 2014 by Claire Wilson
Sebastien Malone, 2014 by Juliet Taylor
Sebastien Malone, 2014 by Juliet Taylor

Related information

Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen
Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen
Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen
Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Previous exhibition, 2014

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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.

Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris
Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris
Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris
Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris

Swimming every day

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2015

National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Christopher Chapman connects this year’s entries to iconic contemporary american photographers.

William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes
William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes
William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes
William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes

William Bligh

by John Webber

Portrait story

Twice rebelled against, and twice vindicated, William Bligh occupies an ambivalent space in Australian history. Angus Trumble, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, explains.

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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.