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October 23, 2009


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A thank you to Ms. Boochever for the awards.
We look forward to viewing the exhibit soon & to voting in the People's Choice Awards.
Congratulations to every artist who entered.

Jason Miller

Very nice show!


I can't help but notice that all three top winners are men. Shame on you, National Portrait Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery


Thanks for your comments. The seven winning portraits in the competition were selected in a blind and unbiased process by the jurors. Gender was not a deciding factor in the jurors’ votes. Instead of focusing on the artists’ identities or their entire body of work, the jurors focused on these artists’ exceptional approach to portraiture, interpretation of their sitter, and a mastery of the medium in which they work. The first, second, and third prize winners rose to the top of the competition as a result of this process.

Lisa Adams

When is the next competition?

National Portrait Gallery


Thanks for the question -- the next Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition will be in 2012. Call for entries will likely occur in summer of 2011. Watch our website, www.portraitcompetition.si.edu, for updates.

belita william

Bad ,BAD judges.....!!!!!!!! Bowlands "kenyetta Bride" was so OUTSTANDING...and for her not to have gotten First was shameful.....keep it up and this competition will get a bad name.....no wonder TOP artists in the field steer clear of these competitions!

Valerie Fulford

It seems odd that photographs are pitted against paintings in a portrait competition. Wouldn't it seem that the medium of photography be judged along side other photography and a separate competition? The two mediums have such different advantages. At the National Portrait Gallery in London there was a similar competition that was open to photography only. I find t very strange to see these two mediums in competition with each other. The skill required of a painted portrait is so much different than that of a photograph. I am not suggesting that the winner was not superb. Just that there are apples and oranges being compared in this competition.

Julian Brown

The nation portrait prize in Canada, called the Kingston Prize, is limited to paintings and drawings, as it is felt that photography would be best served by a separate photographic portrait prize, as in Sydney and in London. The inclusion of drawings has been very successful, but the gulf between photography and other techniques is very wide. Despite this, the Outwin Boochever Prize shows that a combined prize can be made to work if desired. The Kingston Prize exhibition for 2011 includes both painting and drawings, and will be on show in Toronto from November 11, 2011 for three months, at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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