BP Portrait Award 2018


22nd January 2018

Who may enter
The competition is open to all artists from around the world. Artists must be aged 18 years or over.

The BP Portrait Award is an annual portrait painting competition held at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. With a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.

The work entered should be a painting based on a sitting or study from life and the human figure must predominate.

The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic and must be on a stretcher or board, preferably framed and unglazed. No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.

The work must have been completed after 1 January 2017.

Past winners

Entry fee

• First Prize: A cash award of £35,000 with a commission valued at £7,000
• 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 2017: £8,000

Please visit https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2018/exhibition/ to learn more about the competition.