Zurich Young Portrait Prize

The logo for the Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2019; splashes of colourful paint, and text saying Zurich Young Portrait Prize

Enter the Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2019

Following the outstanding success of the Gallery's nationwide portrait prize, we are delighted to introduce a new competition for younger artists: the Zurich Young Portrait Prize!

The Zurich Young Portrait Prize is an inclusive art competition that is open to children and young people of all abilities, aged up to 18, from across the island of Ireland. 
The brief is simple: create a portrait of someone you know, such as a friend, a family member, or your teacher. Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and video are all welcome. You can enter through your school or by yourself.

An expert panel of external judges will choose a shortlist of portraits. These portraits will be professionally framed—or made display-ready in a way that suits the portrait—by the Gallery’s team of technicians, so that they can be displayed in a special exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland!

The judges will then choose five winners from this shortlist. There will be one winner from each age category—0-6 years, 7-11 years, 12-15 years and 16-18 years—and one overall winner. The winners will each receive a personalised art-material box, containing high-quality art materials, and a cash prize.

To submit a portrait to the Zurich Young Portrait Prize, please complete these steps:

  1. Read the rules, guidelines and FAQs (links below)
  2. Fill in the entry form with the help of your parent/guardian/teacher
  3. Email an image of your portrait, plus the completed entry form, to [email protected]
  4. Remember: The deadline is midnight on 21 June 2019.

If you, or your parent/guardian/teacher have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Good luck!


A child drawing during a drop-in family workshop at the Gallery.

“It is wonderful to see The Zurich Young Portrait Prize come to fruition. This presents a unique opportunity for young people of all ages and abilities to display their talents in portraiture. This new competition marks an exciting addition to the already highly regarded Zurich Portrait Prize” — Brian Hunt, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Zurich

About the Zurich Portrait Prize

The existing Zurich Portrait Prize, which is for artists aged 19 years and over, will run at the same time as the Zurich Young Portrait Prize. Last year’s Zurich Portrait Prize winner was Mandy O’Neill, with commendations awarded to Blaise Smith and Kim Haughton. You can read more about the Zurich Portrait Prize for older artists here

About Zurich, sponsors of the Zurich Portrait Prize and 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. Patrick Manley 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.