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BP Portrait Award 2015 Painting Competition

National Portrait Gallery has opened the 2015 Call for Entries for its annual Portrait Award painting competition, inviting artists to submit their work.

The Portrait Award, now in its thirty-sixth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-sixth year of sponsorship by BP, is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world. With a first prize of £30,000, and a total prize fund of £61,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over, limited to only one entry per artist. For the BP Portrait Award 2015 there is a new entry procedure and a new judging process.

In 2014 a record 2,377 artists submitted their work and the exhibition, which featured fifty-five paintings, was seen by over 280,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery. Many artists who have had their work exhibited have gained commissions as a result of the considerable interest in the BP Portrait Award and the resulting exhibition.

The BP Portrait Award 2015 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 18 June to 20 September 2015.

BP Portrait Award 2015 Entry Fee

The BP Portrait Award entry fee is maintained at £38.