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Yahir, waiting to live again, 2017

by Joel Brian Pratley

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

18 January 2017, Talbia Urban Refugee Camp, outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Yahir is one of 4.8 million Syrian refugees who have found relative safety in neighbouring countries. Most are children. With the war already in its fifth year, many now fear a future without dignity and identity. There is a fundamental similarity in each of their plights: each person is waiting to live again.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Other NPPP photos from Joel B. Pratley

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
2021 Winner
My Brother's family, 2018 by Joel Pratley
2019 Finalist
Mum, 2017 by Joel Brian Pratley
2018 Finalist

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Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
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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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