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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.

Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019

Brenda L Croft

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

'There was one Eora woman who the British officers found very striking, and a little frightening too.' Aunty Matilda House is a Ngambri/Ngunnawal Elder from Canberra. Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal) is part of a series, Naabami (Thou shall/will see): I am/We are Barangaroo, honouring Cammeraygal woman, Barangaroo (c. 1750 – 1791), wife of Wangal man, Woollarawarre Bennelong (c. 1763/4 – 1813). Renowned for her standpoint as a staunch First Nations woman, Barangaroo determined how she would live and die on her peoples’ lands during a time of immense upheaval and overwhelming change for Eora and surrounding clans. Her spirit continues to inspire and inform contemporary First Nations sovereign women. 

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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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
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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Previous exhibition, 2020

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.