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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.

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Alithia's tree, 2019

Maree Yoelu

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

On a special trip back home to Wadjigany country, family and friends gathered to perform a Kapuk ceremony (rag-burning/smoking ceremony) for my late mum and dad. Kapuk is a time of letting go and cleansing, but also a time of happiness. Family gathered, including gorgeous girl Alithia – who preferred to hang in the trees while everyone was preparing for the traditional ceremony.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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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.