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It’s time!

The call for entries for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 is open! One of our most popular annual events promotes the best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

Entries close at 9:00am (AEDT) on Monday 31 January 2022.

Enter now!

Finalists will be announced around April, and the winner will be selected when the exhibition opens in June 2022. All finalists will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery alongside the Darling Portrait Prize from 25 June to 9 October 2022!

Please make sure you read all the Terms & Conditions and frequently asked questions before you start. We don't want you to be inadvertently disqualified after scrolling through enthusiastically and missing an important part.

Prizes

The winner will nab a $30,000 cash prize from us AND photographic equipment – courtesy of our imaging partner, Canon. There are a raft of other prizes too, including Highly Commended, an Art Handlers' Award, and of course, the People’s Choice Award.

Exhibition

Exhibition opens 25 June and closes 9 October 2022

Related information

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Previous exhibition, 2018

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.

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.

Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon
Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon
Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon
Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon

Snap chat

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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