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by Larissa Gill November 22, 2018 1 min read

Call for entries for the BP Portrait Award 2019 are open.

Now in its 40th year The BP Portrait Award is globally one of the most prestigious portrait painting competitions, since its launch the exhibitions overall have been viewed by over 6 million people. Last year entries were received worldwide from 88 countries. The award represents excellence in contemporary portrait painting, the competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over. 


                                                                          Portrait of Neema Tambo by Gaela Erwin, Oil on panel.

Kentucky based, contemporary portrait painter Gaela usually paints in pastels, however she had to transition to oils to enter, as her perferred medium is not allowed. Her efforts show, as this piece was selected for exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award 2018, Exhibitor Award.

Selected winning portraits for this award too will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London, along with generous prize funds including first prize of £35,000 aimed to encourage artists to pursue and develop their portraiture.

Deadline closing date: 21 January 2019

Enter here by registering online, complete the online entry form and upload your image.


Take a look at the 2018 Portrait Award winners from the previous year's entries.

Remember artwork must be primarily oil, tempera or acrylic paint on a stretcher or board, preferably framed and unglazed. Watercolours, works on paper or pastels will not be considered. Strictly traditionalists it seems.

For more information please visit the NPG website.

Portrait of Neema Tambo © Gaela Erwin 2018. All rights reserved.

    Larissa Gill
    Larissa Gill


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