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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.

Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks

Collection: Icons Volume One

Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy

Everybody, look serious NPPP 2014 exhibition essay

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Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2014 Prize.

Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott
Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott
Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott

Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

Australian of the Year Inspiring a Nation

Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott
Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott
Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott

Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of The Hammond Care Group 1999

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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.