• About •
The BP Portrait Award 2020, the most prestigious painting and portrait competition in the world has been recently opened for entries inviting everyone aged 18 and over from around the world to participate.
After 30 years the BP Portrait Award still remains the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary practice and and over this years it has launched the careers of many renowned artists. The Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.
The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic on canvas or board. No watercolours, pastels or works on paper will be considered.
To enter artists should upload a digital image of their work via the website for the 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 second round of judging and final exhibition selection.
The work must be no smaller than 25cm x 20cm unframed and no larger than 244cm x 244cm framed.
You are required to upload 1 photograph of your entire portrait. You also have the option to submit an extra photograph of a detail of the work. This may be a good opportunity to show the level of detail, the texture of the paint or a particular area of interest in the composition.
If your work is not entirely complete at the time of registration you can still enter the competition. The first round of judging will be based on the image that you upload. Entry is limited to 1 entry per artist.
The BP Portrait Award 2020 exhibition will take a place at the National Portrait Gallery from 21 May to 28 June 2019.
The entry is £40.
• Eligibility •
The BP Portrait Award 2020 is open to everyone aged 18 and over.
• Prize •
The following prizes will be awarded:
• 1st Prize: a cash award of 35,000 GBP, plus, at the judges' discretion, a commission worth 7,000 GBP, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.
• 2nd Prize: 12,000 GBP
• 3rd Prize: 10,000 GBP
• BP Young Artist Award: 9,000 GBP
• BP Travel Award 2020: 8,000 GBP