27 March, 2020 by Katrina Ferguson
Congratulations to all finalists in the 13th National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) including four of our members: Karen Waller, Kelly Champion. Nic Duncan and Lori Cicchini.
The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.– NPG website
More than 2,500 entries were submitted for the prize and 48 portraits selected as finalists (in other words fewer than 1.9 percent of submissions made it through!)
Adelaide-based portrait and fine art photographer, Karen Waller, was selected as a finalist for her image of contract musterer, Lenny Willis. Karen was the 2017 AIPP South Australian Epson Portrait Photographer of the Year.
You can see Karen’s winning portfolio – along with all winners’ work from the 2017 AIPP SA Epson Professional Photography Awards – HERE.
Similarly, in the SA awards in 2017, fellow NPPP 2020 finalist, Kelly Champion, was named the overall 2017 AIPP SA Epson Professional Photographer of the Year for her black and white documentary portfolio.
Susan is credited as being the first person to publicly argue against babies sleeping on their stomachs, which resulted in a staggering 85 percent reduction in SIDS cases between 1989-2007.
Kelly has a long line of AIPP award titles to her name including:
- 2019 AIPP SA Epson Travel Photographer of the Year
- 2018 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year
- 2018 AIPP SA Epson Family Photographer of the Year
- 2018 AIPP SA Epson Documentary Photographer of the Year
- 2017 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year
- 2017 AIPP SA Epson Professional Photographer of the Year
- 2016 AIPP SA Epson Professional Photographer of the Year
- 2015 AIPP SA Epson Emerging Photographer of the Year
In 2019, Lori was the AIPP ACT Epson Illustrative Photographer of the Year and for four consecutive years (2015-2018) named the AIPP ACT Epson Illustrative Photographer of the Year.
NPPP Exhibition & Winners
The portrait prize exhibition was scheduled to run 6-13 March but was closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the National Portrait Gallery has been closed to the public indefinitely at this stage.
The NPPP winner was instead announced (and congratulated with an elbow bump) at a closed-to-the-public event.
Sydney-based food and lifestyle photographer, Rob Palmer, was named the winner for his portrait of chef, Josh Niland. As a result, Rob receives some $50,000 in prizes, including $30,000 from the National Portrait Gallery.
Josh is reinventing what can be done with fish and – most importantly – with every part of the fish, in a huge effort to drastically reduce wastage.– Rob Palmer. SOURCE: Photo Review
“Eileen Kramer Is A Dancer held on to us,” said the NPPP judges. “The colours and her gesture made us feel the warmth of the sitter’s presence even though her eyes are closed.” (Quote SOURCE: Photo Review.)
Stewart will receive an Eizo ColorEdge CG2730 27″ monitor valued at $3245.
You can place your vote for the 2020 NPPP People’s Choice Award by clicking on your favourite image and entering your details. The winner will be announced by Friday 1st May and receives $2200 of fine art printing thanks to Sun Studios.