Robyn’s National Portrait Photographic Prize shot revealed

This image, taken by Robyn MacRae, will be hanging in the National Portrait Gallery until June 18.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize finalists’ photos have been revealed, with Tumut photographer Robyn MacRae’s beautiful shot of daughter Ailis MacRae among them.

The photo will be hung in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from April 1, and will also be part of a travelling exhibition around Australia.

The portraits have been embargoed until now, and Ms MacRae said she is excited to finally be able to show the image to the community.

“I am happy to share my image that was selected as a finalist this year,” she said.

“I feel so humbled to be selected in this years collection and I am finding it a little hard to express how I feel about my work being considered worthy enough to be included in such great company.”

She said her portrait aimed to capture the subject at a pivotal moment in her life.

“My image swirls around the concept of self identity, beauty and expectation,” she said.

“It portrays an image of a rural Australian girl captured on a hot summers afternoon in the holidays before she embarks on the tribulation that is the HSC.”

The winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize will take home $25,000, with other prizes available for Highly Commended, Art Handlers Award, and People’s Choice.

Over 3000 people entered with only 49 making the cut as finalists.

See Ms MacRae’s portrait along with the shots of the other finalists at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, until June 18, 2017.