The National Portrait Gallery has announced significant changes to the 2021 edition of the popular annual photographic prize and exhibition.

Changes to the 2021 NPPP exhibition will include a larger, longer exhibition, themed to reflect our experiences of events that have occurred during this year.  For the first time in the history of the NPPP, photographers are being asked to consider the concept of Living Memory with a special focus on 2020. The resulting exhibition will also acknowledge and respond to the impacts the COVID 19 pandemic has had on the creative community.

The call for entries has been extended and opens 1 December, and when the exhibition opens in late July next year it will be significantly larger, allowing more artists to be included in this long-running national event.  The 2021 edition will offer the four usual prizes, including the Winning Prize, Highly Commended and the Art Handlers and People’s Choice Awards. Additionally in 2021, the Gallery will be offering a professional development opportunity to an emerging photographer.  Finalists will be announced on 2 April 2021 with the major prize-winner unveiled on 30 July. The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 Living Memory exhibition will be included on the NPG website for those who are unable to travel to Canberra.