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Sophie and Mercy, 2016

by Zelko Nedic

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

‘As a first generation African raised in Australia, I had never noticed being from a non-majority race in any situation in my life. When I first saw how beautiful Sophie and I looked photographed together – with our similar skin tones and body types, our big lips, and Sophie’s big curls (although I’ve spent most of my life hiding my own) – an overwhelming sense of realisation and pride came over me that I was a dark-skinned young woman. I am a clear visual and physical representation of Australia’s diversity. For me to never really realise my whole life living here that I am a minority race – and I am of different appearance to most Australians – made me happy to be in such an accepting country. It gives me great hope and confidence in the future for me, my sisters, brothers and children.’

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Other NPPP photos from Zelko Nedic

Steph and Steve, 2012 by Zelko Nedic
2013 Finalist
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