The National Portrait Gallery’s Digital Portraiture Award celebrates and cultivates dynamic portraiture of various forms. The winner receives $10,000 and a residency at The Edge, the State Library of Queensland’s digital culture centre for experimentation in science, art, technology and enterprise. Finalists’ work will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and online.

‘Digital portraiture’ means what?

We define digital portraiture broadly. A movie, a stop-motion animation, a soundscape, a music video, a game or a bot – any of these forms could work to convey notions of selfhood and identity. Also, artists need not confine their response to a physical likeness in the traditional sense of a portrait. The critical thing is to create a compelling expression of identity. Peruse some great examples of digital portraiture. Be inspired.

Sounds like a free-for-all!

Well, no. For pragmatic reasons we do set some clear limits:

  • NO stills! (We encourage digital photographers to submit their work for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.)
  • Your portrait must be exhibitable in 2D space (or close to it), eg a 55-inch screen on a wall.
  • To enter, you must be an adult resident of Australia.

Deadlines and details

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submissions for the 2017 Digital Portraiture Award are now open and close at midnight on 19 September 2017.

Finalist works will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from 1 December 2017 to 18 February 2018, and the winner will be announced at the opening.

For all the grit, see the guidelines for entrants and frequently asked questions. If that doesn’t address all your questions and concerns, please contact us.