National Photographic Portrait Prize

From an outstanding field of more than 3,000 entries, culminating in a shortlist of 39 exceptional finalists, the Winner and Highly Commended entries for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize have been named. The Winner for 2019 is Alana Holmberg for her portrait titled Greta in her Kitchen, 36 weeks. The Highly Commended  has been awarded to Alex Vaughan for her portrait Sumbawa pride – life on a boat with eleven kids. The People Choice Award went to Kate Atkinson for her portrait, The textile scientist.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

Stephen Dupont, 2018 by Simon Harsent.
Stephen Dupont, 2018 by Simon Harsent. Finalist.  "I first met Stephen Dupont eight years ago; I regard him as one of Australia’s finest photographers. I’ve always found Stephen a very humble and passionate person – sometimes aloof, but in an intriguing way. When I saw his one-man show a few years ago, I saw a different side of him, and it gave me some insight, some partial understanding of the complexities of being a war photographer. To me, this portrait sums up the complex intensity of Stephen. Coincidentally, the sitting took place on September 11th this year (2018), a date in history that holds significance for both of us."

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Blue Mountains Cultural Centre: Saturday 25th January until Sunday 22nd March 2020.

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July

This major exhibition showcases two key series by Bill Henson, one of Australia's most eminent artists

Viva Gibb (1945-2017) was a Melbourne-based artist whose commitment to social documentary photography saw her create a unique body of work that is both personal and political. This is the first showing of her work in over 30 years.

August

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale showcases the work of some of the biggest names in photography from around Australia and across the globe.

September

'SUN Celebrates: Her' is an eclectic showcase of women working in photography today, and another step toward equal recognition.

The first major survey exhibition of celebrated Australian photographer Petrina Hicks, it includes more than forty photograph and video works spanning the period 2003 to 2019.

October

This group exhibition explores through photography its people, environment, and how the present is still very much built upon the legacy of the past.

'Under Twenty-Seven' is a series of portraits depicting the same group of men as they evolve from childhood into adulthood