Entries are now open in one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture. The National Photographic Portrait Award offers the winner $30,000, plus $20,000 in camera equipment from its imaging partner, Canon. Prizes are also awarded for highly commended entries as well as an Art Handlers’ Award. The works of all finalists will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from June 17 to October 1, 2023.
The competition prize promotes the best of contemporary photographic portraiture by professional and aspiring Australian photographers.
The 2022 National Portrait Photography Award was presented to leading Indigenous curator/photographer Wayne Quilliam for his image, Silent Force 2021, depicting Aurukun man Eric Yunkaporta wearing ceremonial headgear. The Highly Commended award went to Adam Ferguson for his portrayal of Guatemalan migrant Carlos Soyos and his eight-year-old son Enderson, taken from the migrant shelter on the Mexico-US border. The Art Handlers’ Award was won by Adam Haddrick for his portrait, Cordy in the clouds. Luther Cora won the audience award.