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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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Darling Portrait Prize

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

More information on Darling Portrait Prize

Selected images

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva. © Anthea da Silva
Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy
Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy
The In Between, 2019 Sibone Heary
The In Between, 2019 Sibone Heary
Tamara Dean, 2019 Sean Hutton
Tamara Dean, 2019 Sean Hutton
A new beginning, 2019 Dagmar Cyrulla
A new beginning, 2019 Dagmar Cyrulla
Balancing Act, 2019 Vincent Fantauzzo
Balancing Act, 2019 Vincent Fantauzzo
Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove, 2018 Zoe Young
Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove, 2018 Zoe Young
Carma, 2019 Narelle Zeller
Carma, 2019 Narelle Zeller
DJ Lady Erica, 2019 Sean Burton
DJ Lady Erica, 2019 Sean Burton
Doug from Eden, 2018 Yvonne East
Doug from Eden, 2018 Yvonne East
Erica, 2018 Ben Bickley
Erica, 2018 Ben Bickley
Grapho, 2018 Warren Crossett
Grapho, 2018 Warren Crossett
Heiress to the Pied Piper, 2019 Caroline Zilinsky
Heiress to the Pied Piper, 2019 Caroline Zilinsky
Holding back the years, 2019 Andrea Sinclair
Holding back the years, 2019 Andrea Sinclair
Ita, 2019 Kirsty Neilson
Ita, 2019 Kirsty Neilson
Jaya'ism, 2019 Elizabeth Barden
Jaya'ism, 2019 Elizabeth Barden
John Bertrand, 2019 Betina Fauvel-Ogden
John Bertrand, 2019 Betina Fauvel-Ogden
Karl Fender, 2019 Anna Minardo
Karl Fender, 2019 Anna Minardo
Kel, 2018 Tom Farrell
Kel, 2018 Tom Farrell
Kimberley and Noam Chomsky, 2019 Jordan Richardson
Kimberley and Noam Chomsky, 2019 Jordan Richardson
Little family, 2019 Gene Hart-Smith
Little family, 2019 Gene Hart-Smith
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Megan Wilding as Blackie Blackie Brown: Traditional Owner of Death, 2019 Wendy Sharpe
Megan Wilding as Blackie Blackie Brown: Traditional Owner of Death, 2019 Wendy Sharpe
Mia at home, 2019 Megan Hales
Mia at home, 2019 Megan Hales
My life la Gilbun, 2020 Shirley Purdie
My life la Gilbun, 2020 Shirley Purdie
Portrait of Brendan Nelson, 2019 Todd Simpson
Portrait of Brendan Nelson, 2019 Todd Simpson
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Respite (Simon Yates – acrobat), 2019 John Skillington
Respite (Simon Yates – acrobat), 2019 John Skillington
Rhonda, 2019 Denis O'Connor
Rhonda, 2019 Denis O'Connor
Self-portrait #5, 2019 Paul Newton
Self-portrait #5, 2019 Paul Newton
Self-portrait with studio spirits, 2019 Kate Beynon
Self-portrait with studio spirits, 2019 Kate Beynon
Sleep, 2019 Natasha Bieniek
Sleep, 2019 Natasha Bieniek
Sunny day, 2019 Dalu Zhao
Sunny day, 2019 Dalu Zhao
Susie Porter, 2019 Dee Smart
Susie Porter, 2019 Dee Smart
The Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC, 2019 Anne Middleton
The Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC, 2019 Anne Middleton
The human condition – Self-portrait #3, 2019 Naomi Lawler
The human condition – Self-portrait #3, 2019 Naomi Lawler
The Lady of Shalott, 2019 Colleen Stapleton
The Lady of Shalott, 2019 Colleen Stapleton
Tim Winton, 2019 Sally Robinson. © Sally Robinson
Tommy, 2019 Nick Kohler
Tommy, 2019 Nick Kohler
Yuge, 2019 Kathrin Longhurst
Yuge, 2019 Kathrin Longhurst

Related information

The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Previous exhibition, 2020

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.

Gordon Darling

by Jiawei Shen

Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

A new painting by Jiawei Shen captures the vision and resolve of the Gallery's founder, L. Gordon Darling AC CMG.

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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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