Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2022


26 November 2022 – 2 April 2023
Room 23 | Admission free – no booking required

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.

The 20 finalists, in four categories (ages 6 and under, ages 7–11, ages 12–15 and ages 16–18), will be displayed in an exhibition in the Gallery before travelling to the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, where it will be displayed from 3 June to 2 September 2023.


The overall winner and four category winners will each receive a personalised art-material box, specific to their choice of material in their portraits, and a cash prize. All twenty shortlisted entrants will also come away with a professionally framed/prepared artwork.


This year's judges are Janet McLean, curator, National Gallery of Ireland; Nick Roche, comic illustrator; and Una Sealy RHA, artist.

An exhibition sponsored by Zurich Insurance Plc, organised by the National Gallery of Ireland.

Overall winner:

Expressionist style painting of a figure shielding their eyes with their hands

Meilin Ava Song (age 13)

New Beginning, 2022 

Find out more about the overall winner


Winners in each age category: