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Tom and Pepper, 2014

by Michael Kennedy

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 Finalist

I captured Tom and Pepper the Masked Owl at the St Ives Medieval Faire, 2014. When I shoot a portrait my aim is to capture the essence of that being as they are in that exact moment. Tom and Pepper have a real connection and by bringing the portable studio to them, isolating them from distractions on the black backdrop, I am able to capture them with authenticity.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Previous exhibition, 2015

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting 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.