Feel more comfortable behind the camera, than in front? Head to the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and find out how some of the best portrait photographers go about their business. Now in its tenth year, the National Photographic Portrait Prize is Australia's leading award for portrait photography, with this year's competition attracting more than 3000 entries, which the jury selected 49 exhibiting finalists from. Back in March, prominent Sydney photographer Gary Grealy was announced as this year's winner, offering a sombre portrait of ABC television presenter Richard Morecroft and his partner, and acclaimed painter, Alison Mackay.
While many of the images submitted to the National Photographic Portrait Prize are stunning in their technical achievements, the panel of selectors look for images that see the photographer create an atmosphere where the subject 'reveals a glimpse of their inner self'. The finalists' portraits will be showing at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until Sunday, November 26.
Image: The Mirror, Spencer and Lloyd Ha.