Adam Haddrick Wins 2022 National Portrait Photography Award Art Handlers Award

A portrait of an Indigenous elder, titled “Cordy in the Clouds 2021” by Victorian photographer Adam Haddrick, has been named the winner of the 2022 National Photographic Portrait Prize Art Handlers Award.

Adam Haddrick’s portrait of Indigenous elder Cordy, titled Cordy in the Clouds 2021, has been named the winner of the 2022 National Photographic Portrait Prize Art Handlers Award.© Adam Haddrick.)

The portrait shows an aboriginal elder, Cordy, whose name means “Spirit of the Sunrise” in the traditional language of the Tjungundji people of Far North Queensland against the backdrop of clouds. Haddrick captured the image when he first met Cordy at Charters Towers. “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 came behind like the right time,” he said.

The winner of the NPPP will be announced on July 1st, and will take home $50,000 in prizes: $30,000 in cash from the National Portrait Gallery and $20,000 in Canon equipment courtesy of Imaging Partner Canon Australia. The highly recommended winner will receive an EIZO Color Edge CG2730 monitor valued at $3,245. The 2020 jury includes renowned press photographer Nick Moir, in collaboration with National Portrait Gallery Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Sandra Bruce, and Associate Curator, Rebecca Ray.

Also announced at the same time was the winner of the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize Art Handler’s Award, Jane Allan, for a portrait of her carer, Warren, titled Weight of the peript of the spirit 2021. The $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize was established to honor the legacy of NPG’s founding patron, Mr. L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). The 2022 judges include NPG Director Karen Quinlan AM, as well as Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London and Clothilde Bullen, Head of Indigenous Programs at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and President of the National Association for the Visual Arts. The winner will be announced on June 24.

Ticketing and finalist information is available here.

Michael E. Marquez