2013 Winning Entries


These Grand Prize winners will be on display at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.


The competition has ended. Here are the honorable mention winning portraits. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered!


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What is Portraiture?

Artists know that a portrait can communicate much more than a likeness. Personal identity, cultural differences, illusory moments—all can be captured through portraits. Portraits are created in a dizzying variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and other time-based media. It may be a traditional, representational work or it may be a more experimental portrait.

Click here to view some examples of portraits.


Looking for additional inspiration?

Visit the National Portrait Gallery website: npg.si.edu