A moment captured in time earns place in prize

Local photographer Rewa Nolan is one of 53 finalists across Australia selected for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 exhibition.

The photograph, of her daughter Molly, was selected by a panel of three judges from 1,200 photographs as a finalist. Her work, which captures a brief moment of sadness in her daughter, will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.

Mrs Nolan said she captured this moment during a photo session with her children. The photo captures the moment of realisation in her daughter.

"Family portraits are easier when the children aren't your own. During this photo session my two children Molly and Finn jumped around like cheeky monkeys and I was about to either add the cat to the scene or call it quits," Mrs Nolan said.

"Then the laughter stopped and this moment happened. I captured Molly's expression then I asked Molly why the frown? She told me, 'you have washed out all the birds nests and now the birds have nowhere to live!' Sharing this steep learning curve with our children is a privilege, their curiosity is contagious and it inspires me to use my camera to explore our journey together."

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. The winning portrait will be announced at the exhibition launch at the National Portrait Gallery on March 9 2013.

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