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Portrait of Minika, 2013

by Grace Costa

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Finalist

Minika Peerboom is in her late seventies. She migrated to Australia from Holland when she was forty. Minika came to Canberra and worked as maths teacher for many years. Her style of dress tells the story of one of her great passions in life, horse riding. She owns a small pony that is aged well beyond its expiry but she is dedicated and rides him every week. Minika lives a single life and keeps her mind and body active by studying foreign languages, solving jigsaw puzzles and volunteering for the Canberra community.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

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Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa

Portrait Photography - How to Pose Everyday People

with Grace Costa: Photographic Artist

2:00pm, Sat 31 Jul

Join photographer Grace Costa in the Gallery as she shares practical portrait-posing skills for beginner or mid-career photographers.

Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen
Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen
Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen
Matthew Martin, 2013 by Andrew Cowen

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.

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