I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped me with my journey that has culminated in winning the #NPPP2017 https://nppp.portrait.gov.au/.
To my best friend my wife Anne who has always been there, my two wonderful sons #beau_grealy & @emil_grealy and my very special sister @lyn_parsons and all of the family.
A very special thankyou to richard morecroft and alison mackay for agreeing to sit for our portrait and making Anne and I feel so welcome in their beautiful home.
To the #national portrait gallery, @Helen_Nugent, @Angus_Trumble and the NPG staff who looked after the finalist in such a kind and considerate way. I would also like to thank the judges NPG’s @Dr.Sarah_Engledow, NPG curator @Joanna_Gilmour, and photographer @George_Fetting for ultimately giving this honour to me from a stellar selection of work. The other member of the NPG I would like to thank for his support over the years is senior curator @Christopher_Chapman. I would also like to acknowledge all of the sponsors of the NPPP in particular @CR.Kennedy for the @Profoto lighting kit as part of my prize and I should mention that I purchased my old @Hasselblad 503 many years ago from CR Kennedy. My winning entry and all of my exhibition work was made with that very same camera.To @Patrick_Corrigan and @Gene_Sherman for their encouragement, support and philanthropy.
To @Robert_Gatto & @Luke_McCormac from @Kayell_ Australia and @Canson_Infinity who’s generosity in helping me print my exhibition is truly amazing and is really appreciated.
Also @Amarisco_framing for all of their incredible work with every entry to the NPPP over all these years as well as my exhibition Art-Maker, Patron, Lover.
A very special mention to @Julie_Peterson, @John_Cheesman and Katrina Cashman from @Mosman_Art_ Gallery for hosting my exhibition Art-Maker, Patron, Lover and for the help with my @Australia_Council grant. Also to @Shoalhaven_Art_Centre and @Maitland_Regional_Art_Gallery for hosting my exhibition a little later this year.
To @Andrew_Frost for his generous support with writing for my exhibition & introducing me to artist @Mclean_Edwards my very first entry in the inaugural #nppp.
Finally thank you to everyone for all of the warm messages of support and congratulations.