The BP Portrait Award still remains the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary practice. With a first prize of £35,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.
The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over.
In its forty-first year at the National Portrait Gallery and thirty-first year of sponsorship by BP the Award continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.
Closing date: 11 December 2019
First Prize: A cash award of £35,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £7,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.
Second Prize: £12,000
Third Prize: £10,000
BP Young Artist Award: £9,000
All entrants aged between 18 and 30 will automatically be considered for both the BP Young Artist Award and the BP Portrait Award, but an individual cannot win both.
BP Travel Award 2020: £8,000