Adam Portraiture Award

Entry for the 2018 Adam Portraiture Award has now closed.

Winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on 28 February 2018.

The 2018 Adam Award exhibition opens 1 March 2018.





2016 Adam Portraiture Award Winner 


Sisters by André Brönnimann

Brönnimann's portrait of the three 'spiritual sisters' from Taranaki, Te Rawanake Robinson-Coles, Inahaa Te Urutahi Waikerepuru and Ria Wihapi-Waikerepuru is the 2016 Adam Portraiture Award Winner. The portrait, which took 412 hours to complete, will now become a part of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Collection. 

Mette Skougaard, our 2016 Judge, says about the portrait - 

"The winning portrait is technically very well done. It combines many styles, but at the same time as it paraphrases the history of Western art, it has clear references to something specific for New Zealand. It makes this portrait very strong in relation to issues of New Zealand contemporary life as well as combining it with universal questions of identity, family and personal history."

Read her full comment here.

Brönnimann will receive $20,000 in prize money generously provided by The Adam Foundation.


2016 Adam Portraiture Award Runner up

Stitch by Logan Moffat

Logan Moffat is 2016's runner up and winner of $2,500 thanks to the Adam Foundation. This portrait of Moffat's barber Stitch has been described by judge Mette Skougaard as "technically skilled, beautifully made - a many layered portrait of daily life in the modern 'global village'."

Click here to read Mette's full comment.


Judges Talk

Judge Mette Skougaard discusses the finalists' paintings for The Adam Portraiture Award 2016 at The New Zealand Portrait Gallery.



Portraiture in Denmark from 1500 - 2016

​Judge Mette Skougaard's lecture on Danish Portraiture at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.





Click here to see all The Adam Portraiture Award 2016 finalists


The Adam Portraiture Award is generously funded by The Adam Foundation

Adam Foundation


Since 2006 the winning entry has automatically become a part of our permanent collection.

Adam Award winners since 2000 are listed below.

2014 - Henry Christian-Slane

2012 - Stephen Martyn Welch

2010 - Harriet Bright

2008 - Irene Ferguson

2006 - Freeman White

2004 - Portrait not acquired (Ryuzo Nishida)

Inaugural Adam Portraiture Award

2002 -  Portrait not acquired (Marianne Muggeridge)

NZ Portrait Gallery – National Portrait Competition

2000 - Marianne Muggeridge