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Meagan Pelham, 2017

by Lyndal Irons

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

Artist Meagan Pelham’s ability to feel romance at every moment is brought to life in illustrations of mocktails, owls and weddings. She believes owls to be the most romantic animal, and the materials of her mask – felt, lace, glitter paint and wedding beads – reflect this. ‘I dream all the time and I like my dreams a lot.’

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Other NPPP photos from Lyndal Irons

Paul, Bankstown, 2016 by Lyndal Irons
2017 Finalist

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Magazine article by Robert Cook, 2018

NPPP judge Robert Cook provides irreverent insight into this year’s fare, and having to be a bit judgemental.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Previous exhibition, 2018

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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