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Crowned Madonna with kids, 2013

by Fiona Wolf-Symeonides

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Finalist

The Madonna image represents everything a woman stands for: birth and the nurturing of new life. Women are so powerful, yet some slip into male roles to gain respect, thinking they have liberated themselves by fitting male expectations. Female liberation can’t be achieved by feeding this misperception and filling the role as a loving mother, successful business woman and perfectly shaped sex goddess, all in one.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Other NPPP photos from Fiona Wolf-Symeonides

Felix, Petty Cash Café Marrickville, 2019 Fiona Wolf-Symeonides
NPPP 2020 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Previous exhibition, 2014

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.