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 exhibition of 40 portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from Saturday 23 February until Sunday 7 April 2019.

The winner and highly commended photographers will be announced at 6pm (AEST) on Friday 22 February. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors the winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 will take home $30,000 cash and a swag of prizes.

Following the launch, it’s over to you to vote for your favourite portrait in our People’s Choice Awards!

After the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 will tour to a range of venues around Australia.

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Art Handlers’ Award 2019

image of Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks. 2019 by Alana Holmberg
image of Dayannah 2019 by Raphaela Rosella
image of Portrait of Deel 2019 by Stef King
image of Celia inside a watchtower 2019 by Wouter Van de Voorde
image of That’s not my mother 2019 by Rosa Spring Voss
image of KB Bailey 2019 by Isabella Capezio
image of Black Dog 2019 by Jamila Toderas
image of Nelson Earl: Dance – the ephemeral art, Strathfield 2019 by Kellie Leczinska
image of Ella in Callala Bay 2019 by Aletheia Casey
image of Alex 2019 by Michael Murchie
image of As the world falls down #2 2019 by Lilli Waters
image of Knox Rocket 2019 by Natalie Nowotarski
image of The textiles scientist 2019 by Kate Atkinson
image of Morteza Arefifar, Manus Island Detention Centre, 2017 2019 by Adam Ferguson
image of Untitled 11 2019 by Daniel Boetker-Smith
image of Unbreakable 2019 by Dave Laslett
image of Portrait of Whitney 2019 by Jordan Madge
image of Jackie 2019 by Katrin Koenning
image of Support system 2019 by Madeline Bishop
image of Adam, Craigieburn 2019 by Yask Desai
image of Bum Fluff 2019 by Jodi McConaghy
image of Zara, 18, Babinda, FNQ 2019 by Lee Grant
image of Stephen Dupont 2019 by Simon Harsent
image of Abdullah in his room 2019 by Max Mason-Hubers
image of Helen Garner in her kitchen 2019 by Mia Mala McDonald
image of Lost 2019 by Jay Hynes
image of Portrait of Tracey Briggs 2019 by Rod McNicol
image of Mirror identical twins with autism 2019 by Sarah Rhodes
image of Sarker Protick, Artist, Sydney, Australia, 2018 2019 by Ingvar Kenne
image of Raynen 2019 by Tristan Still
image of Willem 2019 by Julian Kingma
image of Troye Sivan 2019 by James Brickwood
image of Tristan has a bad heart 2019 by Nicholas Garcia
image of A Calm So Deep 2019 by Elizabeth Looker
image of Sumbawa Pride – Life on a Boat With Eleven Kids 2019 by Alex Vaughan
image of My Brother’s family 2019 by Joel Pratley
image of Osher 2019 by Stephen Baccon
image of Taking the waters 2019 by Rachel Peachey
image of Callan Bradley Hales (left and right view) 2019 by Shea Kirk
image of Simon, Docklands 2019 by Alan Weedon