The Awards

Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan BP Portrait Award 2017 winner. © Benjamin Sullivan

by Benjamin Sullivan
BP Portrait Award 2017 winner
© Benjamin Sullivan

First Prize: A cash award of £35,000 with a commission valued at £7,000
Second Prize:
Third Prize: £10,000
BP Young Artist Award:
All entrants 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 2017
: £8,000

Judging and the Exhibition

To enter the BP Portrait Award 2019 artists should upload a digital image of their work for a first round of judging. All images will be viewed by a panel of judges and the entrants who are successful in this round will be invited to deliver their work to a venue in London for the final round of judging and the exhibition selection, including Award-winners.

Find out more about the entry procedure and judging process here

The BP Portrait Award 2018 received 2,667 entries from 88 countries. Judged anonymously, 48 portraits were selected for the exhibition.

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. Recent commissions by BP Portrait Award artists include Dame Sally Davies by Daphne Todd (BP Portrait Award 2010 winner).


Entrants can order a special edition of the exhibition catalogue, featuring all the selected artists, an essay by a leading author, and a note of thanks from Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery. The special edition is only available to entrants and will not be available through the Gallery shops or online.

BP 500

Recently updated, this beautifully produced compendium features 500 of the best paintings exhibited during BP’s twenty-five years of support for the Portrait Award.

£25, hardback

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