BP Portrait Award 2020
First Prize: A cash award of £35,000
- Deadline: 11 December 2019
- Entry fee: Free
- Website: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2020/how-to-enter
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.
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.
To be eligible for the BP Young Artist Award, artists must be 30 years of age or under as of 1 January 2020. The competition is limited to one entry per artist.
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
Judging and the Exhibition
To enter the BP Portrait Award 2020 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.
The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over.
Copyrights & Usage Rights:
The copyright for all works exhibited in the BP Portrait Award and Travel Award will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that the artist or their representatives agree unconditionally that the National Portrait Gallery may reproduce any exhibited works, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, merchandise, discussion and education in direct connection with the BP Portrait Award and Travel Award exhibition and tour, in all media worldwide including the exhibition catalogue and subsequent publications, posters, prints, postcards, the internet and within television documentaries, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. The Gallery also reserves the right to reproduce selected images free of charge for core non-commercial purposes, for example in the Past Exhibitions page of the Gallery website, indefinitely, as a public record.