Sydney photographer, Rob Palmer, has been announced as winner of the 2020 National Photographic Portrait Prize for his portrait of Sydney whole-fish chef Josh Niland.

The mahi-mahi, 2019, winner of the 2020 National Photographic Portrait Prize. © Rob Palmer.

Palmer, a professional lifestyle and food photographer based in Sydney, describes his subject as a trailblazer, saying “Josh is reinventing what can be done with fish and – most importantly – with every part of the fish, in a huge effort to drastically reduce wastage”. He will receive a first prize of $30,000 courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery plus $22,000 worth of photographic equipment from Canon, including an EOS-1D X Mark III, EF 85mm f1.4 L IS lens, and ImagePROGRAF Pro-2100 large-format printer, and Broncolour Lights from SUNSTUDIOS.

Eileen Kramer is a dancer, winner of the 2020 NPPP Highly Commended prize. © Hugh Stewart.

Winner of the 2020 NPPP Highly Commended prize was awarded to Hugh Stewart for his portrait of 105-year-old dancer Eileen Kramer (shown above). Judges noted, “Eileen Kramer is a dancer held on to us. The colours and her gesture made us feel the warmth of the sitter’s presence even though her eyes are closed.” Stewart will receive an Eizo ColorEdge CG2730 27″ monitor valued at $3245.

Tickets are on sale at and include entry to the NPG’s Darling Portrait Prize and Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitions.