These photos are in the running to take out Australia’s National Photographic Portraiture Prize

Judges have managed to whittle over 3,000 entries into Australia’s most prestigious photographic portraiture competition down to 40, just ahead of the winner’s announcement next Friday.

The National Photographic Portraiture Prize is presented annually, aimed at promoting the very best in contemporary portraiture by budding and professional photographers alike. This year’s shortlist saw portraits of Helen Garner, Osher Gunsberg and Troye Sivan alongside portraits of children, migrants and the elderly. The winner of the National Photographic Portraiture Prize will take home $30,000 in cash and will see their work featured in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Nelson Earl – Dance – the ephemeral art, Strathfield. Photograph: Kellie Leczinska

40 finalists have been selected out of 3,113 entries for Australia’s most prestigious annual photographic portraiture competition, the National Photographic Portraiture Prize.

The winner of the 2019 National Photographic Portraiture Prize will be announced on February 22. All the finalists, as well as the winner, will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from February 23 until April. Check out some of the finalists’ works below.

Stephen Dupont – 2018
Simon Harsent


Ella in Callala Bay – 2018
Aletheia Casey


Alex – 2018
Michael Murchie


The Textiles Scientist – 2018
Kate Atkinson


Untitled 11 – 2018
Daniel Boetker-Smith


Deel – 2018
Stefanie King


Troye Sivan – 2018
James Brickwood


Sumbawa Pride – Life on a boat with 11 kids, 2018
Alex Vaughan


Simon Docklands – 2018
Alan Weedon


Morteza Arefifar, Manus Island Detention Centre – 2017
Adam Ferguson


Raynen – 2018
Tristan Still


Lost – 2018
Jay Hynes


Adam Craigieburn – 2018
Yask Desai


The Unbreakable – 2018
Dave Laslett


Willem – 2018
Julian Kingma


Taking The Waters – 2018
Rachel Peachey


Black Dog – 2018
Jamila Toderas


Via The Guardian.