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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Prizes

The most outstanding portrait will receive $30,000 cash, and a prize pack valued at $20,000 from our Major Prize Partner Canon.

The People’s Choice will receive $5,000 from The David Roche Foundation.

Highly Commended will receive a ColorEdge CG2730 27" monitor valued at $3245 from Eizo.

The winner of the Art Handlers' Award will receive $2,000 from IAS Fine Art Logistics.

In addition to the suite of prizes, there will also be mentorship opportunities awarded to selected finalists to support career aspirations.

Living Memory sponsors

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Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix

Living Memory Tours

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Currently closed

Join us in the Gallery to as we share the stories behind the photographs, and explore how the artists have captured a year like no other.

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema

Capturing a global mood

National Portrait Galleries In Conversation

7:00pm, Tue 5 Oct

The power of the photograph and how the exhibitions Hold Still/Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize reflect identity and our shared human experiences at this unique point in history.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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