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Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 31 July 2021 until Sunday 16 January 2022

Main image: Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley. Courtesy of the artist. © The artist

The Living Memory 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. This edition of the prize incorporates a year like no other: 2020. Accordingly, the title - Living Memory - acknowledges the period's seismic events. The winner for 2021 is

Drought Story by Joel B. Pratley

The Highly Commended Award goes to Julian Kingma for Tom at the Drain.

The Distinction Awards go to R.J Poole for Great conjunction and Jessica Hromas for Mark and Saskia cool off. The Distinction Awards are a new, specially tailored mentorship prize designed to continue the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to developing and nurturing Australian portrait photography. The Art Handlers' Award goes to I'm just a suburban fashionista by Kristina Kraskov.

For the 2021 Prize, judges Bill Henson (guest judge, Photographer), Nick Mitzevich (guest judge, Director, National Gallery of Australia), and Karen Quinlan (Director, National Portrait Gallery) selected 79 portraits from over 3000 entries. We thank everyone who submitted photographs for the Prize.

The exhibition catalogue is now available from The Curatoreum for $49.95.

79 finalists

1 Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley. Courtesy of the artist. © The artist. 2 Tom at the drain, 2020 Julian Kingma. Courtesy of the artist. © The artist. 3 Great conjunction, 2020 R J Poole. Courtesy of the artist. © The artist. 4 Mark and Saskia cool off, 2021 Jessica Hromas. Courtesy of the artist. © The artist. 5 I'm just a suburban fashionista, 2021 Kristina Kraskov. Courtesy of the artist. © The artist.
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