BP Portrait Award 2020


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

11 December 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 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 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. No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.

Click here to see the BP Portrait Award 2019 winners.

Entry fee
The entry fee is £40.

• 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

Competition website
For further information visit https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2020/how-to-enter