BP Portrait Award 2019


21st January 2019

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 must have been completed after 1 January 2018.

The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic. No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.

To enter the BP Portrait Award 2019 artists should upload a digital image of their work for a first round of judging. All images will be viewed by a panel of judges and the entrants who are successful in this round will be invited to deliver their work to a venue in London for the final round of judging and the exhibition selection, including Award-winners.

To see past winners, visit https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2019/exhibition/past-winners 

Entry fee
The entry fee for this competition is £40.

• 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 2019: £8,000

Please visit https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2019/exhibition/ to learn more about the competition.