The BP Portrait Award is an annual portrait painting competition held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic and must be on a stretcher or board, preferably framed and unglazed. No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.
The work entered should be a painting based on a sitting or study from life and the human figure must predominate. Self-portraits and group portraits are permitted.
The work must have been completed after 1 January 2015.
Minimum size: 25cm x 20cm unframed. Maximum size: 244cm x 244cm framed.
• 1st Prize: a cash award of £30,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £5,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.
• 2nd Prize: £10,000
• 3rd Prize: £8,000
• BP Young Artist Award: £7,000. All selected artists 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 2016: £6,000