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Joel Pratley

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A self-confessed storytelling enthusiast with a knack for capturing the vulnerability of the human spirit, Joel Pratley’s images carry a disarming honesty, which engages and emotes the observer. Born and raised in public housing by a single mum, Pratley discovered photography as an instrument to give voice to himself and others. A passionate humanitarian, his portraits radiate empathy and compassion for people from all walks, particularly those so often ignored or deflected.

In 2019 he was nominated in various photography contests including Head On Photo Festival, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize. 2021 saw him win 1st place in the National Photographic Portrait Prize with his image, Drought Story. With this growing list of accolades, Pratley’s career is just getting started and his unassuming nature combined with a strong morale compass and a determined work ethic, are on a sure path to further recognition.

Recent Work

Awards

  • 2021 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Winner
  • 2020 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Semi-Finalist
  • 2019 City of Sydney, Australian Life Photography Competition, Finalist
  • 2019 Doug Moran Photographic Prize, Triple Semi-Finalist
  • 2019 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Finalist
  • 2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Finalist
  • 2018 Doug Moran Photographic Prize, Double Semi-Finalist
  • 2018 City of Sydney, Australian Life Photography Competition, Finalist
  • 2018 Sun Studios Emerging Photographer Awards, Finalist
  • 2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Double Finalist
  • 2018 Capture Magazine, Australia’s Top 20 Emerging Photographers, Photojournalism/Documentary
  • 2018 Capture Magazine Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Photographers, Portraiture
  • 2018 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Semi-Finalist
  • 2017 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Semi-Finalist
  • 2016 Sun Studios Emerging Photographer Awards, Finalist
  • 2015 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Finalist

Clients

  • Gumtree
  • BPay
  • Bobby Goldsmith Foundation
  • Sydney Brewery