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Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition
from Friday 6 March until Sunday 27 September 2020
Elizabeth
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva. © Anthea da Silva

The Darling Portrait Prize is Australia’s grand new annual prize for painted portraits, joining the iconic National Photographic Portrait Prize at Australia’s home of portraiture. The winner for 2020 is

Elizabeth by Anthea da Silva

Anthea has won the inaugural $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize with her painting of the ‘high priestess’ of Australian contemporary dance, Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM.

The Judges noted the exceptional quality of entries, awarding High Commendations to Sibone Heary for her self-portrait, titled The In Between, David Darcy for his depiction of 86 year-old Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman, and Sean Hutton for his portrait of installation artist Tamara Dean. David Darcy also won the People's Choice Award, receiving $10,000 thanks to the generous support of  the Liangis family, founding benefactors of the National Portrait Gallery.

The Darling Portrait Prize honours the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

40 Darling Portrait Prize finalists

1 Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy. 2 The In Between, 2019 Sibone Heary. 3 Tamara Dean, 2019 Sean Hutton. 4 A new beginning, 2019 Dagmar Cyrulla. 5 Balancing Act, 2019 Vincent Fantauzzo. 6 Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove, 2018 Zoe Young.

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L Gordon Darling AC CMG

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The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

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.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Call for entries

Prizes and awards

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Gordon Darling

by Jiawei Shen

Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

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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.

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