Finalists announced

The National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to announce nine finalists have been selected from the national call for entries for the Digital Portraiture Award 2017.

The Digital Portraiture Award finalists for 2017 are:

Mundatjŋu Munuŋgurr, NT
Timothy Hillier, VIC
Patrick Bell, QLD
Ralph Kenke, NSW
Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, NT
Sabella D’Souza, NSW
Sue Healey, NSW
Josh Owen, ACT
Samantha Sommariva, VIC

Finalist works will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from 1 December 2017 to 18 February 2018, and the winner will be announced at the opening.

The National Portrait Gallery’s Digital Portraiture Award celebrates and cultivates dynamic portraiture of various forms. The winner receives $10,000 and a residency at The Edge, the State Library of Queensland’s digital culture centre for experimentation in science, art, technology and enterprise. Finalists’ work will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and online.

‘Digital portraiture’ means what?

We define digital portraiture broadly. A movie, a stop-motion animation, a soundscape, a music video, a game or a bot – any of these forms could work to convey notions of selfhood and identity. Also, artists need not confine their response to a physical likeness in the traditional sense of a portrait. The critical thing is to create a compelling expression of identity. Peruse some great examples of digital portraiture. Be inspired.

Deadlines and details

Submissions for the 2017 Digital Portraiture Award closed at midnight on 19 September 2017. For all the grit, see the guidelines for entrants and frequently asked questions. If that doesn’t address all your questions and concerns, please contact us.