Aboriginal photographer wins National Portrait Prize for image Silent Strength

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
(Image credit: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022)

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 has been awarded to aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam. His striking image Silent Strength depicts Eric Yunkaporta, an Aboriginal from Aurukun, Australia wearing ceremonial headwear and traditional body paint.

Quilliam has been awarded a $30,000 cash prize donated by the National Portrait Gallery, plus $20,000 worth of Canon imaging equipment thanks to Imaging Partner Canon Australia. He is regarded as one of the leading photographers and curators of indigenous people and has spent a lifetime documenting their world. Due to his love for these people, Quilliam has announced that he will be gifting back more than half of his winnings to Aboriginal communities. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.