The National Portrait Gallery announces the People’s Winners

The National Portrait Gallery today, Tuesday 4 October, announced the People’s Choice Award winners for this year’s Portrait Awards season. Candidates for the Cherished Portrait Prize 2022 and the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 are on display at the Gallery until October 9.

Luther Cora won the People’s Choice Award for the 2022 National Portrait Photography Award with Flora and fauna, Giara: white cockatoo. Captured during one of the Covid lockdowns, Cora took the image of her daughter Giara in a studio thrown together from their Gold Coast home. Cora said he was able to focus on his photography during the lockdown as he was not working. The Yugambeh/Bundalung man reflected on his own thoughts on First Nations people.

“If we’re still seen as flora and fauna cases,” Cora said.

The artist also received a cash prize of $5,000 from the David Roche Foundation.

“Luther Cora’s photography challenges the historical and current position of First Nations people in our community. This sensitive portrayal of Cora’s daughter is a most deserving victory,” said David Reason, director of the David Roche Foundation museum.

Sabine Desrondaux, Mail Women2021 by Tony Sowersby.

The 2022 People’s Choice Award for the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize went to Tony Sowersby for his portrayal Sabine Desrondaux, Woman of letters, 2021. The colorful image shows Desrondaux on his postman’s bicycle with letters ready to be delivered by his side. She was one of the few people Sowersby was able to see during the pandemic shutdowns.

“It’s a tribute to the courage and determination of everyone who has made society work, and you can see those attributes in his face,” Sowersby said.

In addition to the win, the artist also takes home a cash prize of $10,000, courtesy of the NPG’s founding benefactors, the Liangis family.

“Given the events of the past two years, it is wonderful to see the portrait of an everyday hero selected to win this award. It’s a great portrait, full of detail, capturing both a sense of pride and charm in the subject,” said John Liangis.

The National Portrait Prize exhibitions run at the National Portrait Gallery until October 9; portrait.gov.au

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Julia P. Cluff