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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.

Anna Meares  video: 9 minutes 19 seconds

Anna Meares and Narelle Autio 'Come along for the ride'

Portrait story

Champion track cyclist, Anna Meares, discusses her portrait with artist Narelle Autio.

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by King & Wood Mallesons 2018

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Anna Meares, 2018 by Narelle Autio

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Commissioned with funds provided by King & Wood Mallesons 2018

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 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.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Before hand The private life of a portrait

Current exhibition

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

Judges comments  video: 6 minutes and 12 seconds

More about the National Photographic Portrait Prize

General content

Comments from our judges and information about entering the 2017 Prize.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

National Portrait Gallery unveils twenty new portrait commissions to celebrate twenty years 18 October 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled twenty new portrait commissions of Australian leaders and individualists as part of its twentieth birthday celebrations in a new exhibition, 20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions.

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Before hand

Hosting a touring exhibition

How is it done? How do artists capture someone’s presence and personality? What is the nature of this relationship? What does it feel like to be a sitter for a portrait in the national collection?

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso

Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Spring exhibition program 18 August 2020

Media

The following on-line and physical exhibitions are planned to open at the National Portrait Gallery in coming months. For those who can’t travel at present, selected works from all exhibitions will be included online

Eden, 2011 by Arianne McNaught

Arianne McNaught

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

The National Portrait Prizes
29 January 2020

Media

The National Portrait Gallery today announced finalists for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, a national new $75,000 prize for Australian portrait painting, and released selected images from the final prize pool for the popular National Photography Portrait Prize.

Jacki Weaver, 2018 John Tsiavis

Flash mob

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow trains her exacting lens on the nine photographs from 20/20.

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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.