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The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter.

In 2021 the prize will once again consist of two key competitions: 

Info about the prizes on offer and key dates can be found below. Further information for artists can be found via these pages:

If you have any other questions about the 2021 prize, drop us a line on


Lord Mayor’s Prize

Proudly presented by Brisbane City Council, all entries into the Brisbane Portrait Prize are eligible for the Lord Mayor’s Prize.

Accenture Digital Award
Supported by Accenture, any digitally created still work, including photography, is eligible for the Digital Prize.

Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award

Supported by The Courier-Mail, this award is chosen by popular vote from all the finalists.

Performing Arts and Music Award

Supported by the Lister Family Foundation, this award is open to portraits featuring sitters from the performing arts and music industries.

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists

Supported by the Clem Jones Foundation, this award is open to all individuals who identify as women.

Packer’s Prize

Supported by Howard Smith Wharves, this award is chosen by the team who hang the 2021 finalists exhibition.

Next Gen Category

Supported by Gadens, all entries into the Next Gen category (18 and under) are eligible for this prize.

Emerging Artists Award
2 x $1000 Vouchers

Supported by Oxlades, this will be given to two emerging artists and will be selected by the Board of the Brisbane Portrait Prize.

Key dates for 2021