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Jarrah, 2019

Charles Tambiah

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Jarrah is a lanky mate I have known for twelve years in remote South Australia. Born into a multi-generational farming family and named after a native tree, his life is coloured by expanses of red dirt and blue skies, and by the realities of drought, isolation and uncertainty. A contemplative and gentle person, he is quietly searching for his own identity, using his unique blend of curiosity, stubbornness, sarcasm and humour, without fear of being provocative. His evolving motivations are reflected in his social footy; his mischievous red Kelpie named Template II; and his patched-up 1970s Land Cruiser, nicknamed Boris.

People's Choice Award

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Voting closes Sunday 31 May 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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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.