Call for Entries

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2025 call for entries is now closed

Artists are invited to submit portraits in any media for consideration in the seventh triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. 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 artist and subject 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.

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 on the Artist Help Page. Media linked to YouTube and Vimeo are accepted.

Prizes and Exhibition

The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and will be awarded a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. The second-prize winner will receive $10,000, and the third-prize winner will receive $7,500. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $1,000. All finalists’ works will form a major exhibition that will be on view at the Portrait Gallery from April 26, 2025 through February 22, 2026, with plans for a subsequent national tour.

*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.