Call For Entries - Adam Portraiture Award 2020

Start date: 

27 May 2019

End date: 

6 December 2019

Adam Portrait Award 2020
Adam Portraiture Award 2020

It's time to start finding subjects and painting faces. Entries for the Adam Portraiture Award 2020 are now open. 

Entries to the Adam Portraiture Award 2020 have now closed. All finalists will be notified by 27 January 2020.


The biennial Adam Portraiture Award is New Zealand’s most prestigious portraiture competition. The award is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation and is one of the country’s longest running art prizes.

This year there are two judges - Karen Quinlan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and Linda Tyler, the convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland..

The winner of the competition, as selected by our judges, will recieve a $20,000 cash prize. An additional prize of $2,500 will be awarded for the runner up, alongside another $2,500 prize for the People’s Choice, awarded at the end of the Adam Award exhibition.

The winner of the 2020 Adam Portraiture Award will be announced 26 February 2020.
2020 Adam Portraiture Award exhibition runs from 27 February to 31 May 2020 at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

For more information, please see the Conditions of Entry and Frequently Asked Questions