Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, has just announced the 39 finalists selected for the second edition of the Darling Portrait Prize.

The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial event honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.   The prize aims to highlight and nurture the art of Australian portrait painting and offers a generous $75,000 cash prize for the winner, in addition to Highly Commended and People’s Choice awards.   The 2022 Darling Prize judges – Karen Quinlan together with Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London and Clothilde Bullen, Head of Indigenous Programs at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Chair of the National Association for the Visual Arts – have selected 39 finalists for the 2022 edition.

Nominated photographers are: Avraham Vofsi, Betina Fauvel-Ogden, Caroline Zilinsky, Chonggang, Craig Handley, Cynthia Breusch, Daniel Wein, Darren McDonald, Effie Mandalos, Eleni Nakopoulos, Esther Erlich, Evert Ploeg, Filippa Buttitta, Glenn Morgan, Harley Manifold, Hong Fu, Jane Allan, Jaq Grantford, Jenny Rodgerson, Jiawei Shen, Kathie Mason, Maxim Chikanchi, Melissa Clements, Michael Simms, Miriam Fraser, Narelle Zeller, Nicholas Hopwood, Paul Newton, Phil Went, Qiang Zhang, Rachael Robb, Renata Pari-Lewis, Robert Hannaford, Sean Hutton, Tamas Wells, Tom Hermann, Tony Sowersby, Wendy Sharpe and Yvette Coppersmith.

The NPPP winner will be announced on 1 July, and will take home $50,000 in prizes: $30,000 cash from the National Portrait Gallery and $20,000 worth of Canon equipment thanks to Imaging Partner Canon Australia. The Highly Commended winner will receive an EIZO Colour Edge CG2730 Monitor valued at $3,245 and the People’s Choice winner will receive $5,000 thanks to the David Roche Foundation. The Art Handler’s Award will receive $2,000 thanks to the IAS Fine Art Logistics. Click here to visit the website for details of this year’s exhibition.