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Brian Ebersole - Cage fighter, 2008

by Sam Ruttyn

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist

'Brian Ebersole - Cage fighter', is part of a body of work that displays cage fighters seconds before they step into the wire octagon to do battle and straight after they leave it. The fighters wear only small gloves and the extreme violence has led to people demanding it be banned. Some fighters exit the octagon carried on the shoulders of their fans whilst others are carried out on stretchers. Brian lost in his bid for the CFC Middleweight Championship against the reigning champ Hector Lombard by way of 4th round KO.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

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Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Previous exhibition, 2009

In its second year at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the first time touring to other venues, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 continues to present surprising perspectives on the nature of contemporary portrait photography.

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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.