Winning entries from this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on 31 July.

The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Living Memory’ and the competition received more than 3,000 entries. Judges, National Gallery of Australia Director Nick Mitzevich, NPG Director Karen Quinlan AM, and renowned Australian photographer Bill Henson have selected 80 works for the exhibition of finalists, almost twice the usual number.  A complete list of finalists can be found here.

The NPPP winner will be announced on Friday 30th July, and will take home $50,000 in prizes, including $30,000 in cash from the NPG and the latest photographic equipment from Canon, valued at $20,000.  The winner of the Highly Commended Prize will be awarded an Eizo ColorEdge CG2730 Monitor valued at $4,000, and the winner of the Art Handlers Award will receive $2,000 thanks to IAS Fine Art Logistics.  A further People’s Choice Award winner will receive $5,000, supported by the David Roche Foundation. The exhibition will run until 7 November 2021. All works from the Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 exhibition will be available to view on the NPG website for those who are unable to travel to Canberra.