After a last minute surge, Brett Canet-Gibson’s portrait of Trevor Jamieson has been officially named the People’s Choice for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017.
This is the first time a photographer has received an award from both the official judges of the prize and the public.
Mr Canet-Gibson was surprised and delighted to hear the news of the public vote.
‘Wow, what an honour! First, Mastura wins the Highly Commended Award and now my portrait of Indigenous actor Trevor Jamieson takes out the People’s Choice Award. Unbelievable! A big thanks to all those portrait-loving souls who took the time to vote this year and a huge congrats to the Portrait Gallery for another inspiring showcase of contemporary Australian photographic portraiture. A year to remember,’ said Mr Canet-Gibson.
Mr Canet-Gibson has won a studio/equipment rental package and a Canon EOS m5 with EF-M 15-45mm lens, courtesy of SUNSTUDIOS and valued at $4,500.
One lucky voter has also received a holiday package from the Gallery’s Accommodation Partner, Crowne Plaza Canberra, to the value of $2,000.
The top five portraits for the 2017 People’s Choice are:
- Trevor Jamieson by Brett Canet-Gibson
- Melanie and sighthounds by Christopher Pearce
- The man who raised me by Steven Lloyd
- Currents by Natalie Ord
- The skin I’m in II by Brian Cassey
The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition is on display at the Portrait Gallery in Canberra until 18 June 2017. It will then travel to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre as the first stop on its national tour.