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NPG picks photographic prize winner

Laura Peppas

A compelling portrait of a young Iranian boy in the mountainous terrain of Northern Iran captured by Melbourne photographer Hoda Afshar has won the National Photographic Portrait Prize for 2015.

Hoda was awarded the $25,000 prize today in Canberra by Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble.

The winning work was selected from 44 finalists, which included three photographers from the ACT.

National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator Dr Christopher Chapman says Hoda’s portrait was a unanimous choice for the judging panel.

“The photographer has created a compelling portrait of the young boy,” he says.

“The rocky, misty setting creates a sense of mystery, intimating the boy’s future—likely as a shepherd.”

Guest judge Nikki Toole added, “Hoda’s use of composition is a real highlight of the work. It has a beautiful cinematic quality.”

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event that promotes the best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

This year’s Prize attracted over 2,400 entries—the most number of entries ever received in the prize’s eight year history.

To view the full list of finalists visit the National Portrait Gallery online.

The essentials

What: The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015
When: Open Saturday 21 March to Monday 8 June
Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
How much: Free

Feature image is winning photograph by Hoda Afshar courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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