Skip to content Skip to footer
A: Entries officially open on Sunday 26th March and will close at 6pm sharp on Tuesday 1st August.
26 March >> Entries Open
1 August >> Entries Close
16 September >> Finalists Announced
28 September >> Finalists Exhibition Opens
2 October >> Winners Announced
29 October >> Finalists Exhibition Closes

A: Absolutely. You may enter as many times as you like, however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and payment.

A: No. But if the work has been a finalist in another major competition, it can be entered.

A: Yes you may, however, we do encourage you to submit new works.

A: All artworks must have been completed within a 3 year period leading up to the closing date for entries set out in the Key Dates.
Unfortunately, anything older than 3 years is not eligible.

A: Yes, however, the artwork must not have won first prize in any other major portraiture competition.

A: Yes! To be eligible for entry this year, all artists in the main competition will be required to have at least one in-person sitting with their subject!

If you are 18 or under and entering the Next Gen competition, you are not required to have a live sitting, however, we do encourage it.

A: No. Any 2 dimensional work is ok, including drawing, collage, and print making.

A: Board members and judges are ineligible to enter the prize.

A: Absolutely. Not only may they enter, they are wholeheartedly encouraged to!

A: All entries are eligible for the Lord Mayor’s Prize. Entrants will then have the option to further nominate themselves at the time of entry for other relevant categories.

All entrants are also eligible for the Courier-Mail People’s choice and the Packer’s Prize.

A: Yes, if you feel this is the best representation of your subject that is absolutely okay.

A: Unfortunately no. The digital category is restricted to still images that are wall-hangable.

A: Absolutely, as long as the portrait is 2D and can be printed and hung, you may construct the image however you like.

A: No. Artwork needs to be 2D and wall-hangable.

A: The artist and sitter do not have to live in Brisbane but a social, educational or professional connection is required.

The connection must be explained in the online entry form. Examples include:

  • The artist or sitter grew up in Brisbane.
  • The artist or sitter used to have holidays in Brisbane.
  • The artist or sitter visits Brisbane regularly.
  • The artist exhibits with a Brisbane Gallery.

Please note, these examples are illustrative only.

A: You may paint whoever you like. However we recommend considering what Brisbane means to you. Is there a person who has influenced your experience of Brisbane?

We are happy to say yes! In 2023, entrants who are 18 or under at the time entries close on August 1, are eligible to enter the Next Gen Prize.

A: Yes – as long as they have a connection to Brisbane you may do a portrait of whomever you like.

A: Yes you can (assuming you have a connection to Brisbane).

A: Yes with some conditions:

  • You must have done a live sitting with the sitter
  • You must have had their permission to create the portrait before they passed away
  • The portrait must have been created in the past 3 years

A: Yes, you may include as many portraits as you like within your artwork.

A: Unfortunately not. Whilst we acknowledge that animals are an important part of our lives, all sitters must be human.

A: Yes. All finalist didactics will feature the artist’s representing gallery name if the artist nominated a gallery at the time of entry.

A: No. All works are for exhibition only.

A: Great. We love questions. Drop us a line on