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We are thrilled to announce that the finalists for Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize have been chosen!

Over the last few weeks, the judges – photographer Bill Henson, National Gallery of Australia Director Nick Mitzevich, and our very own Director Karen Quinlan AM – had the privilege/unenviable task of considering over 3,000 entries to select our 80 finalists.

To everyone who entered, thank you. Thank you for being part of the enormous photographic community that humbled, impressed and moved us with the incredible quality of work conveying stories from a year like no other. Keep making!

Finalists

Aaron Puls
Adele Wilkes
Adrian Thornton
Agi Davis
Alex Mattea
Alfonso Calero
Allison Marion
Amanda Miller
Anna Gottlieb
Anna Kiparis
Anne Cooper
Benny Capp
Brydie Piaf
Christopher Hopkins
Clare Martin Lapworth
Daniel Huon Sullivan
Davina Jogi
Dion Georgopoulos
Francis Cloake
Franky Tsang
Geoff Harvey
Glen Braithwaite
Glenn Homann
Greg Adams
Guy Lamothe
Heather Dinas
Heidi Victoria
Helen Whittle
James J Robinson
Jarrod Vero
Jennifer Blau
Jessica Hromas
Jill Velinos
Joel Brian Pratley
John Benavente
John Janson-Moore
John Morley
Julian Dolman
Julian Kingma
Justin McManus
Kalyanii Holden
Kim Tonelli
Kim Guthrie
Kirsty Sycz
Kristina Kraskov
Laura Reid
Leith Alexander
Lisa Sorgini
Louise Hawson
Mark Mortensen
Martin Philbey
Marzena Wasikowska
Matthew Newton
Matthew Thorne
Michael Pham
Mihail Tsikas
Mike Rutherford
Nadia Stone
Nick Moir
Nick Stubbings
Peter Morgan
Pia Johnson
R J Poole
Rachel Gregg
Rachel Mounsey
Renee Nowytarger
Riste Andrievski
Sandy Scheltema
Sarah Vandermark
Steph Fuller
Stuart Miller
Suzanne Phoenix
Tajette O'Halloran
Tamara Dean
Tracy Ponich
Victoria Baker

Marking the extraordinary

This edition of the prize incorporates a year like no other: 2020. Accordingly, the title - Living Memory - acknowledges the period's seismic events.

The extraordinary times come with extra support for our artistic community. The exhibition will:

  • feature significantly more finalist works than usual;
  • include a supporting payment for every finalist;
  • run for longer (31 July – 7 November 2021); and
  • in addition to the usual suite of prizes, include mentorship opportunities awarded to selected finalists to support career aspirations.

See the Terms and Conditions and frequently asked questions for photo requirements and conditions of entry.

Prizes

The most outstanding portrait will receive $30,000 cash, and a prize pack valued at $20,000 from our Major Prize Partner Canon.

The People’s Choice will receive $5,000 from The David Roche Foundation.

Highly Commended will receive a ColorEdge CG2730 27" monitor valued at $3245 from Eizo.

The winner of the Art Handlers' Award will receive $2,000 from IAS Fine Art Logistics.

Exhibition

Winner announced: 30 July 2021

Exhibition opens 31 July and closes 7 November 2021

Related information

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Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
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Previous exhibition, 2018

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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.

Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon
Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon
Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon
Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon

Snap chat

Magazine article by Anne O'Hehir, 2019

2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Anne O’Hehir looks beneath the surface of this year’s entries.

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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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