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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

Free exhibition
11 May – 7 July 2024

slq Gallery, level 2
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About the exhibition

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023 (NPPP) is a touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery. It was established by the National Portrait Gallery in 2007 and attracts thousands of entries each year.

Open to established, emerging and amateur practitioners, the NPPP celebrates Australian photographers, and the power of photographic portraiture to communicate something beyond the appearance of subjects – their quirks, flaws, strengths, or vulnerabilities.

Out of 2,300 entries, 47 finalists were chosen to be displayed in the touring exhibition. See the winning photographs in slq Gallery until 7 July 2024.  

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government Initiative, aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

The NPPP is a beloved national prize that supports the Australian photographic community and enlarges our collective experience of the Australian people, from the well-known and celebrated to local heroes and identities. It is a pillar of the gallery's travelling exhibition program, which sees many rich and varied examples of photographic portraiture shared with audiences across the country.

— Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Bree Pickering

2023 winners

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Black and white portrait of the left view of a shirtless person.


Resources for teachers

Discover the National Portrait Gallery's learning resources that explore the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023 entries.
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Black and white image of a woman looking directly into the camera.

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Book cover with an image of an external view of a rural pub in Australia.

Australian Bush Pub
By Cathy Craig & Savage Lewis

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Book cover with an image of a woman editing a photograph on a computer.

Digital Darkroom
By Margaret Brown

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Book cover with a collage of many images.

Portrait of Australia
By Australian Geographic

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Book cover the Power of Images.

The Power of Images
By David Freedberg

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Book cover featureing three peices of art.

Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface
Vivienne Binns

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Book cover with a high contrast image of a man wearing a headdress.

Wayne Quilliam: Culture is Life
By Wayne Quilliam

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