National Photographic Portrait Prize

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.

The winner for 2019 is Alana Holmberg for her portrait Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks. The highly commended award was won by Alex Vaughan for Sumbawa Pride – Life on a Boat With Eleven Kids. This is the second year that Holmberg has been selected as a finalist. More than 3000 entries were submitted for judging. The prize is now in its 12th year and is open to both professional and amateur photographers.

The exhibition of 39 portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery until Sunday 7 April 2019. The exhibition will also tour to the following venues around Australia.

Collie Art Gallery (WA): Apr 26-Jun 9

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (WA): Jul 27-Sep 22

Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery (SA): Oct 4-Nov 17

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (NSW): Jan 25-Mar 22, 2020.

Edit: A post to Facebook containing this image was refused on the grounds it failed to meet Facebook’s community standards. We would implore Facebook to amend their algorithm. While we applaud upstanding community standards, this is art, more to the point there is nothing erotic or pornographic about this image, even more to the point, the subjects breasts, reflected in a window are in shadow. We would suggest to Facebook that their stance is over the top on this occasion. Nudity has been an integral part of art for centuries prior to the arrival of Facebook and its self-titled community standards. We would note that despite the best efforts of Facebook to impose their conservative American standards upon the rest of the world – this same world has not become any more puritanical since the arrival of Facebook.

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