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Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2023

Opens Saturday 25 March
until Sunday 21 May 2023

Bookings not required - free

Check our latest conditions of entry related to COVID-19.

We were absolutely delighted with every single entry we received. Thank you to everyone who entered, you really did make it extremely difficult! In the end, National Portrait Gallery judges Sandra Bruce Director, Collection and Exhibitions, Krysia Kitch Manager, Learning Programs, and Maxine Beneba Clarke, Author selected 12 portraits from over 190 entries. A big congratulations to all the finalists!

For those of you that don’t know, Little Darlings is for primary and secondary students, with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. For the 2023 prize, we asked them to respond to the theme ‘Me and my place’ by painting, drawing, photographing, printing or combining all of these to make their portrait.

The Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2023 is generously supported by Jillian Broadbent AC, Dr Helen Nugent AO, Alan Dodge AM, Hugo Michell, Penny Fowler, Yasmin Allen, Stuart Wood AM QC, Tim Bednall, Nigel Satterley AM & Denise Satterley.

Finalists age 5–7

Claire De Fries
Emily Ma
Mia Vucetic

Finalists age 8–11

Felicity Val Corso
Azlin Gibson
Logan Martinuzzo
Ewan So

Finalists age 12–15

Georgia Bretherton
Ting Jiang
Perri Lawson

Finalists age 16–18

Malakaii Lewis
Chloe Yongqing Zheng

Entries for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024 open on 6 June 2023.

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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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