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The night watcher

by Annette Ruzicka

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Finalist

Cairns-based Les Francis spends his retirement as a “green nomad” of sorts, volunteering his time for conservation groups in need of extra hands. Here he surveys the insects of the wet tropics in far-north Queensland. He does this alone for hours on end, lugging his gear around the state, going where he is needed – doing his bit to give back to the environment. It's a solitary affair, but the buzzings of the insects in the wet tropics are enough to cut through the choking darkness of the forest.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

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.