Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2020


Find out about the 2021 Zurich Young Portrait Prize


1 December 2020 – 21 March 2021
Room 23 | Free admission

This annual inclusive art competition aims to foster and support creativity, originality and self-expression in children and young people. The Zurich Young Portrait Prize accepts entries from young people, up to the age of 18, of all abilities, from across the island of Ireland.

A panel of judges selected 20 finalists in four categories: ages 6 and under, ages 7-11, ages 12-15 and ages 16-18. These portraits were displayed in the National Gallery of Ireland in December 2020, and will travel to our partner venue, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, in 2021.



An exhibition companion book with illustrations of all portraits shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize 2020 and Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2020. Buy it online from the Gallery Shop


Very special thanks to the hundreds of talented children and young people across Ireland who entered the competition. You inspire us!  

Overall winner

Eva McParland (aged 14)

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Winners in each age category

Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2020

Meet the winners!


The shortlist

The Judges

This year’s Zurich Young Portrait Prize judges are Head of Education at The Hunt Museum Maria Cagney; artist Colin Davidson; and illustrator, author and comedian Aoife Dooley.

About Zurich, sponsors of the Zurich Young Portrait Prize

Ireland is Zurich’s location of choice for its pan-European company Zurich Insurance plc (ZIP). Since the beginning of 2009, ZIP has been headquartered in Dublin and it is the main risk carrier for Zurich’s general insurance business in the EU. Neil Freshwater is the CEO of Zurich Insurance plc. In terms of domestic business, Zurich focuses on two key business areas in Ireland – General Insurance and Life. In Ireland, Zurich employs approximately 1,100 people.

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