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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 23 February until Sunday 7 April 2019
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

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. The winner for 2019 is

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks by Alana Holmberg

The Highly Commended Award went to Alex Vaughan for Sumbawa Pride - Life on a Boat With Eleven Kids. The Art Handlers' Award went to Elizabeth Looker for A Calm So Deep. The People’s Choice Award was won by Kate Atkinson for The Textiles Scientist.

For the 2019 Prize, judges Hoda Afshar (guest judge, photographer), Anne O'Hehir (Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Australia), and Dr Christopher Chapman (Senior Curator, National Portrait Gallery) selected 39 portraits from over 3000 entries. We thank everyone who submitted photographs for the Prize.

39 NPPP 2019 portraits

1 Sumbawa Pride - Life on a Boat With Eleven Kids, 2018 by Alex Vaughan. 2 The Textiles Scientist, 2018 by Kate Atkinson. 3 A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker. 4 Mirror identical twins with autism, 2018 by Sarah Rhodes. 5 Ella in Callala Bay, 2018 by Aletheia Casey. 6 Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood.

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Magazine article by Anne O'Hehir, 2019

2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Anne O’Hehir looks beneath the surface of this year’s entries.

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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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