Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2020: How to enter

Photo of a young child drawing with an adult's hands stabilising the piece of paper.
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The Zurich Young Portrait Prize is an inclusive art competition open to children and young people of all abilities from across the island of Ireland.

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.

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 FAQs

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 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.
  • 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 example 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 midnight, Wednesday, 1 July 2020.

Jackie Nickerson (b.1960), 'Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Poet, Playwright, Translator, Nobel Laureate', 2007. © National Gallery of Ireland.

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