Each year the BP Portrait Award Visitors’ Choice offers exhibition visitors the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait in the show. This year 23,381 votes were cast between 21 June and 9 September 2012.
The overall winner was The Dialects of Silence (Portrait of Michael Longley) by Colin Davidson which received 2, 814 votes.
In second place was Silent Eyes by Antonios Titakis (2,009 votes) and the third Today You Were Far Away, a self-portrait by Ian Cumberland (1,266 votes). Fourth place went to the BP Portrait Award First Prize winner Auntie by Aleah Chapin (974 votes), an unusually high placing for a portrait endorsed by both the public and the judges.