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The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters.
The prize will be awarded to the best portrait produced by an artist with a connection to Brisbane and of a subject with a connection to Brisbane.


  • The artist and subject must be Australian residents from the date entries open until the date finalists are notified
  • The artist must be 18 years old or older
  • The artist and subject must have a connection with Brisbane
  • This connection must be outlined as part of the entry process
  • All subjects with a connection to Brisbane are welcome and admissible, including self-portraits.
  • The Brisbane Portrait Prize does encourage artists to consider producing portraits of people who have contributed to Brisbane
  • Directors, Officers and Employees of the Board are not eligible to enter (however volunteers are still eligible to enter)
  • All subjects must be alive at the time the artwork is produce

The artwork

  • An original artwork, entirely completed and owned outright by the submitting artist

  • All artwork must be 2 dimensional

  • All artists must have the Subject’s consent to enter the artwork in the Competition, including ensuring they understand the artwork may be displayed to the public.

  • Portraits must have been completed within the 3 year period leading up to the Prize entry date

  • Artworks must not have won first prize in any other major portraiture competition

  • Taking into consideration the Federal Government’s social distancing requirements due to COVID-19, all 2020 entries will not be required to have a live sitting to enter the prize.

  • The subject must be aware he or she is having a portrait done, however, and have given permission.

Artwork must be:
  • A maximum size of 2m high by 2m wide, inc the frame
  • A maximum weight of 15 kg

  • Wall-mountable, including use of D Rings and hanging wire.

  • May be multi-panelled, but must fit within the size restrictions.

  • Original and not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party. 

Additionally, for Digital artworks:
  • The submitted portrait may be produced using photographic elements, manipulation of the image is welcomed, and this may be in the pre or post production of the image
  • Selection weight will be given to those entries that display a clear artistic and creative approach to the subject
  • All digital mediums are eligible, but must be presented in a 2D printed form that can be hung in display.
  • Videos and other forms of display requiring power cables are not eligible 

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