National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024

Medium / Category: Photography

Requirements: The work must be a photographic artwork taken after 2 February 2023, depicting a person or persons, from a live sitting and entirely the artist’s own intellectual property

Eligibility: Artists must be an Australian citizen or a resident of Australia and 18 years or over at the time of their online entry

Associated institutions: National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition dates:  From 22 June 2024 to 13 October 2024 at National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Entering its 17th year, the National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) is one of the Gallery’s most popular annual events. The prize provides a powerful visual record of the year that was – a celebration of identity, both collective and individual.


In 2024, the winner will receive a prize of $30,000.

The Gallery is committed to supporting artists involved in the Prize. Each selected finalist will receive an artist fee of $1,200, a copyright and image licensing fee of $1,000, domestic artwork freight allowance to and from the Gallery, and domestic travel allowance and accommodation in Canberra for the exhibition launch. All entries to the prize are free.

Previous Judges

Tamara Dean, distinguished Australian photographer

Daniel Boetker-Smith, Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography

Joanna Gilmour, Senior Curator at the National Portrait Gallery


Nick Moir, award-winning press photographer

Sandra Bruce, former Director of Collection and Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery

Rebecca Ray, former First Nations Curator at the National Portrait Gallery


Bill Henson, photographer

Nick Mitzevich, Director of the National Gallery of Australia

Karen Quinlan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery


Nici Cumpston, Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Naomi Hobson, painter and photographer

Penny Grist, former Curator at the National Portrait Gallery

Previous Winners and Finalists

Shea Kirk, Ruby (left view)
Winner: National Photographic Portrait Prize

Renae Saxby, Bangardidjan
Winner: Highly Commended

David Cossini, Ugandan Ssebabi
Winner: Art Handler’s Award

Bruce Agnew, KAHA
Winner: People’s Choice Award


Wayne Quilliam, Silent Strength
Winner: National Photographic Portrait Prize

Adam Ferguson, Carlos Soyos, 34, a Migrant from Guatemala City, Guatemala and his son, Enderson Soyos, 8, take a self portrait at El Buen Smaritano Migrants Shelter, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Winner: Highly Commended

Adam Haddrick, Cordy in the Clouds
Winner: Art Handler’s Award

Luther Cora, Flora and Fauna, Giara: White Cockatoo
Winner: People’s Choice Award

For Artists
What you need to know

To enter, artists must be an Australian citizen or a resident of Australia  and 18 years or over at the time of their online entry.

For all terms and conditions, visit the prize’s website here.

Dates for your diary

Open for Entries: Entries close 7 February 2024

To enter, visit the prize’s website here.

For more information, check out their socials on Facebook or Instagram.