In 2016, 53 artists had their portraits selected for the 2016 Annual Exhibition of the BP Portrait Award - out of 2,557 entries from 80 countries
Will you be one of those artists in 2017?
|The wall of prizewinners in 2016 - left to right First, Second and Third|
What this post covers
People who win prizes read this blog post! ;)
This post covers the Basics
- a review of the entry details
- what's different this year - the deadline is earlier! (If any of you spot anything else that has changed please leave a comment and I'll do an update.)
- The Judges - I tell you something about each Judge and give you links to find out more
- I also link (at the very end) to all my blog posts about the BP Portrait Award in the last 10 years - covering selected artists, interviews with the prizewinners and exhibition reviews - and my videos of past exhibitions.
- how to get selected - my suggestions for ways to improve your chances of selection - in terms of both your art and your approach to the competition
- reasons why this is a competition worth entering - including details of the significant prize money.
How to enter for those who don't like the small print
The website contains:
- The rules
- The Digital Entry / Registration Form
- a FAQS document about the the digital entry process and judging process
- a helpful pdf document about how to photograph your work
The most important thing to tell you is that
- the closing date has been moved and is now a week earlier!
- The closing date for entries is 26 January 2017.
- Entry forms and payment of entry fees must be completed by 23.59 on Thursday 26 January 2017.
There are no changes to the entry process or eligibility for this year’s exhibition...however they have moved the deadline for entries back a week!
The Rules provide the full and complete information for every entry.
They are complemented by The FAQs about How to Enter which focuses on:
- the digital entry
- the judging process
- your entry
We can only live in hope that at some point the competition organisers will make the rules even more readable by
- increasing the font size still more (it's online - no need to be concerned about how much paper is being used!)
- increase the line spacing - so words are more readable (i.e. the font size has increased since 2016 but the line spacing remained unchanged so the words are now even more compressed)
- and/or convert The Rules to a pdf document like the FAQs!
- create a work for a competition
- and then realise that it isn't eligible
- submit it before you realise you breached the rules eg signed it on the front!
- or you can't present it in the right way by a deadline
- and/or you're in a rush at the end and are not quite sure what you need to do - which is when mistakes get made.
Note in particular that works can be disqualified - even if selected for exhibition - if they have not adhered to the rules!
Every year I try and make the rules more accessible. I review and revise it each year. I've split the rules up into sections relating to
- the artist
- the portrait