Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2020: The Judging Process

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What happens after you submit your entry to the Zurich Young Portrait Prize?

We are no longer accepting applications for this competition: the deadline was midnight on 1 July 2020. Best of luck to all who entered!

An expert panel of external judges will choose a shortlist of 20 portraits which will be displayed in a special exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland in November 2020, and at our partner venue, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, in April 2021!

The shortlisted portraits will be prepared for exhibition by the Gallery's expert team of technicians i.e. they will be professionally framed, or made display-ready in a way that suits the portrait.

The judges will then choose five winners from this shortlist: one overall winner, plus four highly commended entrants, one from each age category:

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


The five 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.

The Judges

The Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2020 judges are Head of Education at The Hunt Museum, Maria Cagney; artist Colin Davidson; and illustrator, author and comedian Aoife Dooley.

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