Enter the Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2021

Deadline: 23 June 2021, 10pm (IST)

Our 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. 20 finalists in four categories (ages 6 and under, ages 7–11, ages 12–15 and ages 16–18), chosen by our panel of judges, will be displayed in an exhibition in the Gallery from 13 November 2021 to 3 April 2022, before travelling to Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. The overall winner will be awarded a personalised wooden box of high-quality art materials, specific to their choice of material in their portrait, and a cash prize of €500.


The brief is simple: 

  • Create a portrait of someone you know. You could choose a friend, a family member, your teacher, or even yourself!
  • Paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, sculpture and videos are all welcome.
  • You can enter through your school or by yourself.
  • Have fun and enjoy the process!


Age categories

Young people of all abilities are invited to take part. Prizes will be awarded to one overall winner, plus one winner from each age category:

  • 6 years and under
  • 7  – 11 years
  • 12 – 15 years
  • 16 – 18 years


How to submit your portrait:

Step 1: Read the competition rules and frequently asked questions

Step 2: Complete the entry form in full. If you need help filling in the form, please ask your parent/guardian/teacher, as we cannot accept incomplete entry forms. You can download the entry form here

Step 3: If your portrait is 2D or 3D, you need to take a digital photograph of it.

  • This photograph must be clear and include the portrait only. Your portrait will be judged based on the image you send to us!
  • Make sure it is taken with a good-quality camera phone or digital SLR camera.
  • Photograph your portrait in good light (natural day light is best), and make sure there is nothing blocking your portrait.
  • Avoid using filters on your camera - the photograph should represent the real thing!
  • Try hanging your portrait on a wall - this will help you achieve a good representation of your artwork.
  • If it is a three-dimensional portrait take a picture from three different angles. Make sure you clear some floor space or a table to do this.
  • See a good example of a photo of an artwork, and a bad example of a photo of an artwork, below.

Step 4: Email your completed application form to [email protected]. If your portrait is 2D or 3D, you must attach the image(s) to the same email. If your portrait is a video or audio, you need to send it via the file-sharing service WeTransfer to [email protected]. Use your own name for the title of the file. You also need to email your completed application form to [email protected]

Don't forget! You must enter before Wednesday 23 June 2021, 10pm (Ireland time).


If your portrait is 2D or 3D, you need to take a digital photograph of it and send it to us. Here are examples:
This is a good example of a photo of an artwork - it's clear and only includes the artwork.


This is a bad example of a photo of an artwork. The full artwork is not visible.


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