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Katie and Jaylen Cornish, 2012

by Morganna Magee

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 Finalist

Katie is a 21-year-old single mother to Jaylen. Jaylen has a condition called Gastroschisis, a deformity that starts in the womb and affects the digestive system of the child. Although rare, the condition is usually treatable with major surgery in the first few weeks of a child's life. Jaylen had the most extreme case of the disease the hospital has ever encountered. As a result he spent his entire first 19 months of life in the hospital. At this point, his long term prognosis is unknown. Katie spends every day with him, mothering him from next to his hospital bed.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

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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