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Blue Mountains escape, 2017

by George Voulgaropoulos

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

In their final year of school, friends Zarifa, Samina and Nasima had an opportunity to see the Blue Mountains for the first time. Recent arrivals to Australia on humanitarian visas, the trio are part of Sydney’s Hazara community, and are originally from Afghanistan. The Hazaras are still being persecuted in the region; as a result, the girls had their schooling severely interrupted and were only able to complete up to year 6. Here in Australia they are now competing against the rest of the state in the HSC, with dreams of going to university and continuing their education. It is a dream they thought would not be possible only a couple of years ago.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

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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.