Literature

Prize Fighting

I’ll bet the hardest thing about prize fightin’ is pickin’ up yer teeth with a boxin’ glove on. —Kin Hubbard (American humorist and writer, 1868–1930) Recently I was invited to perform at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra. I decided to arrive the day before the concert so I could finally go to the National Portrait Gallery, which sponsors the annual National Photographic Portrait Prize. I had been following the Photographic Portrait Prize for a few years, entered it myself twice and was looking forward to seeing a collection of the winning and short-listed photographs at full size, certain that…

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