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Tom at the drain, 2020

Julian Kingma

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 Highly Commended

Isolation sent children into new territory: what to do with themselves; how to negotiate their four walls, sometimes battling anxiety; how to find playfulness; and resisting constant screen time. Tom needs to be on the move, to create worlds within worlds. He was diagnosed with ADHD, so lockdown was particularly challenging – being told to stay home and stay indoors was excruciating for him. Yet I found optimism within him when making this portrait. While the world retreated, Tom was reminding me happiness always exists within the simplest things.

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People's Choice Award

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize

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Other NPPP photos from Julian Kingma

Willem, 2018 by Julian Kingma
2019 Finalist
Steven Heathcote
2007 Finalist

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