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Darling Portrait Prize

Entries for the Darling Portrait Prize are now closed. Entrants will be notified by 21 October 2019 if their painting is selected for the second round of judging. Good luck to all who entered!

The National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize aspires to be the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country, held at the home of Australian portraiture. The winner of the annual Darling Portrait Prize will receive a cash prize of $75,000.

‘The Prize will recognise the significance and relevance of portraiture in Australia and will be an ongoing legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). 2018 marks twenty years since the Portrait Gallery was established, an achievement that would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication of our Founding Patrons Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Mrs Marilyn Darling AC.’
- Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Helen Nugent AO

To enter the Prize you must be at least 18 years old and an Australian citizen or resident. The subject of your portrait must be an Australian citizen or resident, or significant to Australian life.

Finalists will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from March 2020.