National Photographic Portrait Prize

Fri 29th September, 2017 – Sun 26th November, 2017
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

After its opening stint at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, the National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) has begun its roadshow, and is now showing at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until November 26.

This annual prize of outstanding Australian photography saw more than 3000 entries submitted for 2017, with judges selecting 49 for the exhibition. The NPPP is open to both emerging and established photographers, and celebrates the year’s best contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country. It offers a glimpse into the diverse faces and lives of Australians from all corners of our vast land, with the culmination highlighting some of the vast intrigues and challenges faced by an individual that are perhaps not understood from the outset.

Sydney photographer Gary Grealy was awarded the $25,000 prize for his striking portrait of television presenter Richard Morecroft and painter Alison Mackay. Grealy has been a finalist of the prize eight times. Two photographers were highly commended this year: John Benavente for his work Renaissance Rose, and Brett Canet-Gibson for Mastura.

Free guided tours of the exhibition are held on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm each weekend, with no bookings required.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until November 26.

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