The Exhibition

The BP Portrait Award showcases fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing images of famous faces, the exhibition features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait. The works on display, selected from a record-breaking 2,377 entries, include the winner of the £30,000 first prize as well as the work of the BP Young Artist 2014 and the BP Travel Award 2013 winners.

Now in its twenty-fifth year of sponsorship by BP, and thirty-fifth year at the National Portrait Gallery, the Portrait Award is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition and the free exhibition continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.

Discover more about this year’s exhibition, including the judging process and the prize winners, with the specially commissioned films here

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This year’s competition was judged from original paintings by:

Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair)
Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator, National Portrait Gallery
Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath
Joanna Trollope, Author Des Violaris, Director, UK Arts and Culture, BP
Jonathan Yeo, Artist

    Engels
    by Patrik Graham, 2013
    © Patrik Graham