Soon to re-open at the Dubbo Regional Gallery is the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016.
The event highlights Australia's multitude of photographic talent available and the stories behind the subjects. Each year a panel of judges selects a single winner from thousands of entries to win the $25,000 grand prize.
Portrait photographs should make you feel what the subject is thinking. Give you an insight into who they are and what drives them. At the very least warrant intrigue and perhaps inspiration. I experienced all sorts of emotions from many of the displayed works of the National Photographic Portrait Prize. Many images I struggled to look away from. It still amazes me that a single image from this exhibition can hold attention spans longer than most funny memes.
Highlights from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 including winner Elizabeth Looker.
'Olga & her blanket' by Katherine Griffiths will certainly shock and make you feel uneasy. It's not often a photograph can invoke such feelings.
Also available from the gift shop for $9.95 is a guidebook of the exhibition. It contains highlighted images and the stories behind the subjects. It's a great addition to any book collection because many of the images you'll want to stare at for hours.
If you're interested to hear the judges comments about choosing a winner, you can view a short video on the Portrait Gallery websitehere.
If you think you have the subject and the skills to take out next years National Photographic Portrait Prize, entries open in October 2016.