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Atef, 2013

by Alex Weltlinger

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Finalist

The image was a collaboration with the Refugee Art Project and Ahmed Salama, Creative Director of DLSHS, to create portraits of asylum seekers. Our aim was to challenge the viewer's preconceptions around the demeaning myth of illegal 'queue jumpers' threatening Australia's border security. What may look like a typical 'Vanity Fair' spread is actually the portrait of a man who fled his country under threat of persecution from the Taliban. Atef (full name withheld) is a thirty-six-year-old Hazara from Afghanistan.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

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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.

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