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Sayeh: from the series Iranians, 2011

by Aletheia Casey

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

A young girl poses for her portrait while on holidays with her family in Ramsar, Iran. It is illegal for women to show their full head or any flesh from the forearm or ankle up, therefore swimming and sun-bathing is prohibited for women and girls on same-sex beaches. For young girls and women in Iran the future is uncertain. Despite having more liberal laws then their neighbouring countries, females in Iran battle with sexism and lack of equality. However, women throughout the country are continuing to oppose the Government's strict rules regarding woman's rights in every possible way they can.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Other NPPP photos from Aletheia Casey

Ella in Callala Bay, 2018 by Aletheia Casey
NPPP 2019 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Previous exhibition, 2012

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.

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