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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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Rosita, 2006

by Chris Budgeon

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

12-year-old Rosita stands defiant and slightly aloof from the viewer, a child on the cusp of becoming a woman. She is heavily absorbed into the pop culture pushed through media channels, with all of its seductive mixed messages. Here she displays an uncharacteristic hardness, almost a withdrawn protective shell surrounding her. The small diamante heart on her t-shirt betokens the little girl that she still harbours within.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Other NPPP photos from Chris Budgeon

Ruby, 2008 by Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2009 Finalist
The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009 Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Ricki, 2016 by Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2017 Finalist
Catherine in black silk gown, 2014 by Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2015 Finalist

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Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

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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.