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Congratulations to Gary Grealy, winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017.

The Sydney-based photographer took out the $25,000 prize with his portrait of a creative couple, TV personality Richard Morecroft and artist Alison Mackay.

The guest judge of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 was George Fetting. He said of the winning work, Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay, “Gary Grealy’s portrait is a wonderful collaboration with the sitters, Richard and Alison. He has beautifully conveyed a mixture of subdued emotions in a simple, direct but captivating image.”

Grealy, who has shot many portraits of creatives before, said, “The National Photographic Portrait Prize gave me a purpose to continue to make portraits of artists, gallery directors and philanthropists, and as a result my portraits have been exhibited eight times in the ten year history of the prize.”

This year two works were judged Highly Commended: John Benavente’s Renaissance Rose and Brett Canet-Gibson’s Mastura.

Works by all 49 finalists are on show at the National Portrait Gallery.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition
National Portrait Gallery
1 April – 18 June

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