International Portrait Competition

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Draper Grand Prize - $25,000 Cash Award

You are invited to enter the 24th Annual International Portrait Competition, showcasing the finest in portraiture and figurative art today. The International Portrait Competition is open to all artists, members and non-members. A variety of mediums is welcomed and encouraged. The top twenty finalists are required to exhibit their selected original artwork and be present at the prestigious The Art of the Portrait conference in Atlanta, GA, April 21-24, 2022 for final judging and awards.


Entry acceptance will close on February 9, 2022. Finalists will be announced March 2, 2022, and on Saturday, April 23, over $115,000 in cash and awards will be presented, with a $25,000 cash Grand Prize.  

Entry Guidelines

Entry Criteria-- All entries must meet the following:


  • Must be the artist’s own original design and concept

  • Created independently

  • Completed after March 2019

  • For 2D the longest side should not be larger than 60”

  • For 3D the size of the piece should weigh no more than 50 pounds and under 8' (preferably under 6')

  • Portrait Society Board Members and Gold Medal recipients are ineligible

  • Artists who have won the Draper Grand Prize are ineligible

  • Faculty donating their time to teach at conference are eligible to enter the competition


In addition, no photography, electronic, computer generated art, art done in a class, workshop or under supervision is eligible. All other media is accepted and encouraged, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Participants are eligible to submit up to three artworks for consideration.


Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Up to three digital image files can be submitted. Note: Sculpture entries can provide up to 3 views of the same piece. Electronic submissions through the Portrait Society of America’s secure site can be uploaded through February 9, 2022.

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Competition Timetable

Entry Deadline:  February 9, 2022

Finalist Notification:  March 2, 2022

Exhibition Dates:  April 21-24, 2022

Gala Awards Banquet:  April 23, 2022

2020 1st Place Sculpture

Brittany Ryan, Laguna Beach, CA, USA

Midwest Mermaid, 31 x 14 x 14", Aqua resin

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2020 1st Place Painting

Frances Bell, Wooler, Northumberland, UK

Self, 36 x 34", oil on canvas

Entry Fee

The $45 Entry Fee covers up to 3 unique submissions.

Credit cards are accepted on-line with your submission, the fee is non-refundable and must accompany your submission.

If you are selected as a finalist you are required to be in attendance with your artwork to win a prize.

Formatting Your Entry

Make note of these items when formatting your entry:


  • Only Digital entries will be accepted

  • Up to three digital image files can be submitted on online via our entry form

  • Save each file in the following form: JPG or TIFF

  • No larger than 3 megabytes each

  • Images should ONLY be of the artwork

  • Do not include matting frame, etc. in the image

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2020 3rd Place Winner

Susan Lyon, King, NC, USA

We are Born of Love, 30 x 24", Oil

Awards & Recognition

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All finalists will be eligible for over $115,000 in cash and prizes. The William F. Draper Grand Prize includes a feature article in International Artist Magazine and a $25,000 cash prize. Finalists also receive recognition in The Art of the Portrait journal and on the Portrait Society's website. Finalists receive complementary tuition to The Art of the Portrait conference as well as other cash and prizes.


Awards will be presented at the annual conference Saturday, April 23, 2022 in the following categories:


  • Grand Prize: An overall selected winner from the finalists’ artworks.

  • First Place Drawing

  • First Place Painting

  • First Place Sculpture

  • Six Placement Awards

  • Exceptional Merit Awards

2020 2nd Place Winner

Ernest Wood, Wichita, KS, USA

More Than Material, 32 x 44", Oil on linen