John McRae’s portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio has been voted this years winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
“About a quarter of the exhibition’s 22,700 visitors voted for their favourite photograph. Most were lured by Olley seated in her painting chair in her colourful yet cluttered home”, states the Canberra Times in a recent article. (https:// http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/olley-photo-portrait-wins-publics-heart-20120515-1yp9g.html)
‘’She’s inviting you in and wants to engage with the audience,’’ said Louise Doyle, National Portrait Gallery director. ‘’She was a small but very strong individual who had an impact over a long period of time.’’