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Melanie and sighthounds, 2016

by Christopher Pearce

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

Melanie has dedicated her life to animal welfare; she is devoted to her four rescue dogs (plus three sheep, two cats and galah), with whom she shares the special connection we can see here. By day she can be found in working boots and Akubra on her property in rural NSW near the old Couridjah Station, but occasionally she transforms into a vintage goddess. This image is part of a series, ‘Project Hound’, which uses portraiture to explore the wide range of lifestyles of ex-racing greyhounds, and celebrates their adoptive owners.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Other NPPP photos from Christopher Pearce

Mum, 2011 by Christopher Pearce
NPPP 2012 Finalist

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Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

The 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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