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My Entry for the National Photographic Portrait Prize
The Flinders University Art Museum is currently hosting an art exhibition showcasing a collection of 46 of the best entries for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012.
Now in its fifth year, the National Portrait Gallery awards the National Photographic Portrait Prize for the most outstanding photographic portrait annually. This year's winner, Rod McNicol, was the recipient of the $25,000 prize for his submission entitled Jack Charles.
The exhibition is on tour nationally from the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and features works by two Adelaide-based photographers, Alex Frayne and Benjamin Liew.
There are some really stunning images on display, capturing people at moments when often it is quite unexpected. I totally love unposed photographs, allowing the true raw character and emotion of the subject to be exposed for all to see.
Joanna Gilmour, one of this year's judges said:
The 2012 National Photographic Portrait Prize encompasses the vigour and breadth of photographic portraiture as it is practised in Australia today. Among the nearly 1500 entries submitted were everything from baby photos to boudoir shots and images capturing a wide spectrum of emotions – from the profound and painful to the saccharine and sentimental. The judges' challenging task of narrowing down such a field has resulted in an exhibition that distils so much complexity into a selection that embodies or samples the diversity of entries but that also confirms photography's strength as a medium for portraiture. The selection of each of the finalists was one determined unquestionably by the strong sense of individual presence and spirit in each of these images: by their success and effectiveness as portraits.
This fascinating display is being held in the art gallery on the ground floor of the State Library, North Terrace, Adelaide.
The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 exhibition is open from Tuesday to Friday between 11 am and 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12 pm till 4 pm until 17 February 2012. It is closed on public holidays.