Adam Portraiture Award

Entries for the Adam Portraiture Award 2020 are now open.

Click here to enter. Entries close 6 December 2019 at 4pm.

The Adam Portraiture Award is a biennial competition for painted portraits at The New Zealand Portrait Gallery, generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation. 

First Prize: $20,000
Runner up: $2,500
People’s Choice: $2,500

This year there are two judges - Karen Quinlan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and Dr Lara Strongman, Senior Curator Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

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.

Conditions of Entry

Frequently Asked Questions


Previous Winners

Adam Portraiture Award

2018 - Logan Moffat

2016 - André Brönnimann

2014 - Henry Christian-Slane

2012 - Stephen Martyn Welch

2010 - Harriet Bright

2008 - Irene Ferguson

2006 - Freeman White

2004 - Ryuzo Nishida (Portrait not acquired)

2002 - Marianne Muggeridge (Portrait not acquired)

National Portrait Competition

2000 - Marianne Muggeridge

Since 2006 the winning artworks have been automatically acquired into the New Zealand Portrait Gallery collection.


The Adam Portraiture Award is generously funded by the Adam Foundation

Adam Foundation