Call for Entries

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022
Open to All Media
Deadline Extended to February 5, 2021

Artists are invited to submit portraits in any media for consideration in the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. As with past editions, the competition seeks to broaden the definition of portraiture and highlight the genre’s relevance in society and contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter or draw upon existing imagery or archival research in response to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time.

Submit a Portrait

*The processing fee helps to cover the shipping costs from all eligible locations for the semifinalists' artworks to be evaluated in-person. We understand that these are challenging times and aim to make this competition as equitable as possible. If you are having difficulties meeting this fee, please contact us at portraitcompetition@si.edu.

Entry Guidelines

To properly submit an entry, all artists must provide the following information via the online submission site:

*All allowable media formats are listed at end of page. Currently, linked media from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. is not accepted.

*Acceptable media formats:

File Type: JPEG or JPG only.
File Dimensions: 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side.
File Size: Under 5 MB.
Color Profile: sRGB

File Type: AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3.
File Size: Under 10 MB.
Bit rate: minimum 96 kpbs–maximum 320 kbps
Codec: aiff, wav, au

File Type: MOV, MP4, WMV, 3GP, AVI, ASF, MPG, M2T, MKV, M2TS.
File Size: Under 100 MB.
Resolution: minimum 640 x 480, maximum 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio: 4:3 or 16:9
Bit rate: recommended above 240 kbps
Frame rate: minimum 12 fps, recommended 30 fps.