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The International
The 26th annual competition for portraiture and figurative art

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William F. Draper Grand Prize Winner 

Paul Newton Australia

Self-Portrait in Lockdown, 34 x 33.50”, oil on linen

Draper Grand Prize - $50,000 Cash Award!

You are invited to enter the 26th annual "The International" portrait competition, showcasing the finest in portraiture and figurative art today. The International is the world's premier portrait competition and 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 25-28, 2024, for final judging and awards.


Entry acceptance will close on February 5, 2024. Finalists will be announced March 4, 2024, and on Saturday, April 27, 2024, over $154,000 in cash and awards will be presented, with a $50,000 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 and after March 2020

  • 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')

  • For 3D artwork, the submitted work should be in final material, ready for display

  • Portrait Society Executive 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 The Art of the Portrait are eligible to enter the competition


In addition, no photography, electronic, A.I., computer generated art, or art done in a class, workshop or under supervision is eligible. No digital, mechanical, photo or other transferring to substrate of any kind is acceptable. You must draw/paint the image on your substrate yourself. Digital apps and programs may be used for cropping your own reference photos only. 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 5, 2024.

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Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline:  February 5, 2024

  • Finalist Notification:  March 4, 2024

  • Exhibition Dates:  April 25-28, 2024

  • Gala Awards Banquet:  April 27, 2024

2023 1st Place Drawing

Shane Wolf Missouri, USA

Distanciation, 54.33x39",

charcoal, sanguine, chalk, pierre

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2023 1st Place Sculpture

Jie Liu China

Hsin P. Soh, 11x10x26", stone sculpture

Entry Fee

The $50 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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2023 1st Place Painting

Alex Venezia Virginia, USA

Autumnal Hymn, 37x5x29", oil

Awards & Recognition

All finalists will be eligible for over $154,000 in cash and prizes. The William F. Draper Grand Prize includes a feature article in International Artist Magazine and a $50,000 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. 

2023 2nd Place Winner

Frances Bell, United Kingdom

A Portrait Painters Painter, oil on canvas, 25.5x29.5"


Awards will be presented at the annual conference Saturday, April 27, 2024 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

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