The NPG’s 2021 National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition season will be extended until 16 January next year due to ongoing gallery closures caused by the COVID pandemic.
Sydney photographer Joel B.Pratley was announced the 2021 NPPP winner in a live-streamed event on 30 July for his portrait Drought Story of farmer David Kalisch in the midst of an unexpected dust storm. © Joel B.Pratley.
All works from Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 can be viewed via www.portrait.gov.au/livingmemory. Audiences can also vote through the online exhibition for the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, supported by the David Roche Foundation, which will be announced in late October. In the interim, curators from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery, London will discuss the power of the photograph in a special event supported by the British Council which takes place on Tuesday 5 October 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00pm AEDT. Participants include Sandra Bruce (Director, Exhibitions & Collections) and Tara James (Exhibitions Project Coordinator) from the NPG Australia, and Magda Keaney (Senior Curator, Photographs) and Denise Vogelsang (Head of Communications) from the NPG London. They will discuss their institutions’ respective photographic prize exhibitions – the Hold Still/Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (NPG, London) and Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPG, Australia) – and how each reflects their nation’s identity and our shared human experiences at this unique point in history. Bookings and event updates are available via www.portrait.gov.au/liveonline.