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2023 Prize

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 2023 the prize once again consisted of two key competitions:

Info about the prizes on offer and key dates for 2023 can be found below. Further information for artists can be found via these pages:

If you have any other questions about the 2023 prize, drop us a line on

Submissions are now closed.


Lord Mayor’s Prize
$50,000 + Mentoring Package

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

The mentoring package comes courtesy of the Brisbane Business Hub.

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 2022 finalists exhibition.

Next Gen Prize

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.

Metro Arts Experimental Portraiture Prize
Two week exhibition at Metro Arts + $900

Supported by Metro Arts, this prize will be awarded to one emerging or early career artist with an experimental practice.