2022 National Portrait Photography Award Finalists

June 21, 2022

Melbourne-based commercial photographer, Adam Hadrickwon the 2022 National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) Art Handlers’ Award for his portrait, Cordy in the Clouds.

Cordy in the Clouds by Adam Haddrick.

Haddrick’s subject, Cordy, is a Tjungundji elder from Far North Queensland, whose name translates to “Spirit of the Sunrise”.

Here is Haddrick’s artist statement:

“I first saw ‘Cordy’ when he walked past me on my first day at Charters Towers. I was immediately mesmerized by his presence. A few months later I had the chance to He shared his story and told me about a visit to India for an archeology conference where the locals welcomed him like a holy man I hadn’t seen clouds in the sky for weeks , but taking his portrait, they arrived behind him as if at the right time.

National Portrait Gallery collectors Jess Kemister and Jacob Potter, who chose the Art Handlers’ Award, were “hypnotized” by Haddrick’s portrait, saying it is “a quiet, still moment, conveying a sense of calm and the peaceful energy of the subject”. You can watch this work for a long time.

The Art Handlers’ Award is a secondary prize, the winner of the NPPP – worth $30,000 in cash and $20,000 in Canon equipment – ​​will be announced on July 1.

The 50 NPPP finalist images will be featured in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The exhibition will then be presented in other Australian galleries. Here is a selection of finalist photos:

The 2021 shuttle by Andrew Rovenko. “As Melbourne struggles through days of restrictions, with limited options for children to play and learn, four-year-old astronaut Mia dons her homemade spacesuit and helmet and sets off on a mission to explore the neighborhood familiar, using his imagination to turn the mundane world around him into an exciting adventure.
Seat 2020 by Steph Connell. “Morning swims in the Siegi Ocean have become part of his daily ritual since arriving on the Gold Coast 19 years ago. Now 82, Siegi continues to swim every season and rarely misses a day.
Dusk by Natalie Grono. “Each stage of parenthood brings beauty and challenges. My daughters are now entering the Tween stage, oscillating between the innocence of childhood and the exuberance of adolescence. It is a time of monumental change as they seek a sense of self and are encouraged to fit in with their peer group through their dress, words and actions.
In leopard print by Ayman Kaake. “This self-portrait is part of an Under the Burqa series that aims to shed light on the blackout of domestic violence against women in Arab countries and communities, and to also encourage men to start speaking out This particular piece is inspired by the traditional garments worn by women during prayer rituals, which have evolved beyond the usual bounds of plain white.
Unmasked – Bob Gordon by Brett Canet-Gibson. “The tears of a clown trope seem light at first when done in KISS makeup, but it speaks to the grief that has set in for the music industry as it battles the ravages of the COVID-19 era and the lack of government support around it. The brave face begins to fade after a while, but it is necessary to find other ways to keep the show going, even if the broken dreams seem to inhabit all highways.
Olympian by James Brickwood. ‘Portrait of 27 year old Olympic swimmer Emma McKeon at Wollongong Head Rockpool Lighthouse. McKeon is Australia’s most successful Olympian and the equal of every woman in Olympic history. At the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, McKeon won four gold medals (half of them in the relay) and three bronze medals, bringing his tally to 11 over two Games.
lost paradise by Liz Ham. “For 22 years, this former convent in Newtown has been home to Sydney’s ever-changing queer community. Affectionately known as The Dirty Habit, it is a safe and inclusive space where queer people have lived and gathered. Due to the ruin of the house, the current tenants must leave. The site is to be revamped soon.
Where have all the flowers gone by the Huxleys. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” explores the faded magic of supernatural worlds in which Melbourne-based visual artists and performers Will and Garrett Huxley present themselves as exquisite, isolated and ornate outsiders, and existing on the fringes of places – and in margin of society. . Find love and solace in the blooming arms of queer utopia.
silent strength by Wayne Quilliam. “In its purest essence, the evolution of culture connects us to Mother Earth. She breathes in and out with us, has a heartbeat and sings songs for everyone to hear. My role as a storyteller continues to evolve and this capture is like a trickle of water melting into a small stream and then into the ocean. This image of Eric Yunkaporta from Aurukun is Culture.’

Michael E. Marquez