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The Christening, 2014

by Sarah Rhodes

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 Finalist

Women are challenged by their shifting identity when they become a mother. Some never feel an emotional bond with their newborn child while others struggle with balancing their role as mother, wife, working woman and their own self. This image was taken in the lead up to the child’s christening as he prepares to start the journey of creating his own identity.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Other NPPP photos from Sarah Rhodes

Play, 2010 by Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2011 Finalist
Sophie, 2013 by Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2014 Finalist
Mirror identical twins with autism, 2018 by Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2019 Finalist
Paper plane, 2019 Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2020 Finalist

Related information

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Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar

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.

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