Melbourne artist Kristina Kraskov’s image of Michelle the ‘suburban fashionista’ has won the coveted People’s Choice Award in the 2021 National Photographic Portrait Prize.

‘I’m just a suburban fashionista’, 2021 by Kristina Kraskov, winner of the People’s Choice Award in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021.

The portrait, which also took home the 2021 Art Handler’s Award, was taken inside Michelle’s colourful and eclectic house, which is filled with artworks, ornaments, trinkets and curiosities.  Kraskov, a documentary filmmaker, said the photo reflects her interest in unusual and obscure subjects and stories, which she often finds “in hidden places”.

Audiences have until January 16 to view the 2021 edition of this popular annual prize, the season being extended through the summer to compensate for COVID-related gallery closures.  Named Living Memory to reflect the difficult preceding period of 2019 and 2021 which included widespread bushfires and the global pandemic, the exhibition is larger than usual, with 79 finalists selected for the exhibition as a way of acknowledging the impact the pandemic has had on the creative community.

Entries for the 2022 edition of the National Photography Portrait Prize are now open, and will close in late January. The NPPP 2022 winner will be announced in early July 2022. Click here for more information.