Touching family image of terminally ill girl wins Australia's top photography prize

Kerrilee Edwards pictured with her six siblings and parents who provide round the clock care. (Joe Wigdahl/ Head On)

With her family's hands touching her face, Kirrilee Edwards looks straight at the camera in this unflinching portrait.

The haunting image of Kirrilee, who suffered a debiliating seizure at the age of 12 that left her with irreversible brain damage, won the top prize in Australia's most prestigious photography competition.

Sydney photographer Joe Wigdahl took the shot of Kirrilee in March 2012, after spending time with her loving family. She sadly passed away in November the same year.

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The seizure and brain damage had meant Kirrilee needed 24-hour care by her mother Jo and father Tony.

Her parents are supported by her loving siblings, Tarsha, Shavonne, Brooklyn, Mackenzie and twins Bailey and Connor.

These are the hands which are pictured in the heartbreaking portrait.

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The image 'Family Loss' won Wigdahl a cash prize - half of which he intends to donate to the Edwards family who forked out a fortune for Kirrilee's care.

See the rest of the winners from this year's Head On Photo Festival, which showcases 900 Australian and international photographers:

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