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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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Frog Hunter, Damien Wurrkidj, 2011

by Matthew Abbott

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

I have spent the last three years photographing in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Late one afternoon on a walk around Injalak billabong at Gunbalanya, I came across Damien with his friends hunting frogs. They had ingeniously contrived a blowpipe and darts from a hose and other bits and pieces. According to Damien, frogs make the best bait for catching catfish. I like this portrait because it exemplifies the independence Aboriginal kids have and their skill at hunting using whatever's at hand.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Other NPPP photos from Matthew Abbott

Heath 2015 by Matthew Abbott
NPPP 2016 Finalist
Joel, Mitchell Queensland, 2014 by Matthew Abbott
NPPP 2015 Finalist

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Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol
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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

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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.

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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.