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Who are the semi-finalists?

We are very excited to announce the semi-finalists of the 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Thank you to those who entered, whose passion for portraiture has given us many diverse and compelling entries this year. Your work, as ever, inspires us.

“So much skill and time and emotion was evident in over one thousand entries.  Ultimately a combination of skill and attraction, the ability of a picture to continue to fascinate us, was the deciding factor in choosing the semi-finalists.”  Louise Hearman, 2018 Judge
View the semi-finalists' artworks here
The winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, an acquisitive award, receives $150,000. All finalists receive $1,000.

Celebrating 30 Years

In 1988 the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was established by Doug and Greta Moran and family to foster and encourage Australian portraiture.

It is with great pleasure that we announce a celebration of the 30 year anniversary with an exhibition of many of the winning portraits from past years, to be presented at historic Juniper Hall alongside the winner and finalists of 2018.

The exhibition will be open at historic Juniper Hall from 2 November to 16 December 2018 (10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday).  Entry is free.

Key 2018 Dates

  • Finalists announced - 17 Oct
  • Winners announced - 1 Nov
  • Sydney exhibition open - 2 Nov to 16 Dec

ARTWORK CREDITS -  a small selection of 2018 semi finalists works

  • Tamara Dean, Ellie
  • Megan Seres, Portrait of Bronte Guggisberg
  • Andrew Baines, Heaven Can Wait
  • Narelle Zeller, Bury Me With a Mandarin
  • Simon Schneider, Dean
  • Warren Crossett, Grapho
  • Anthony Bennett, Portrait of Reg in a Mambo Singlet
  • Tianli Zu, Edmund
  • Ellie Malone, Stella
  • Alice Pulvers, Sweet Reverie
  • Lewis Miller, Plain Self Portrait
  • Dagmar Cyrulla, Disguised with Clothes On and Red Wig
  • Natasha Ber, Barb
  • Andrew Bonneau, Mark Tedeschi QC


The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes, and the free Moran School Photographic Workshops.

Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia's bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography. Visit our website for more information


For further information, interviews and photo opportunities, please email Jillian Heggie from TM Publicity.