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On Albatross Island, 2015

by Matthew Newton

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Art Handlers' Award

Albatross Island is located off the north-western tip of Tasmania. It is home to 5,200 pairs of Shy Albatross, who are endemic to Tasmania. The Tasmanian government has maintained a long term monitoring program on the island for over thirty years. The program is currently overseen by marine biologist Dr Rachael Alderman, who has been visiting the island throughout the year for over a decade. After a day of banding and fitting miniature satellite tracking devices, her hands and forearms are bitten and bleeding. These are wounds of love; they mark an engaged scientist’s deep affection for an extraordinary bird.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Other NPPP photos from Matthew Newton

Anna, 2020 Matthew Newton
2021 Finalist
Julia Gillard, 2013 by Matthew Newton
2014 Finalist
Moonbird boy, 2009 by Matthew Newton
2010 Finalist

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Art Handlers' Award 2016

The winner of our Art Handlers' Award receives $1000 and free return transport for their photograph, courtesy of International Art Services.

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

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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