National Artists Self Portrait Prize

Medium / category: Photography and Portraiture

Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents in Australia. Entry is on an invite only basis

Associated institution: UQ Art Museum

The National Artist’s Self-Portrait prize is a biennial Australian photography and portraiture prize. Entry is on an invite only basis, with the winning artwork acquired by UQ museum and the winner taking home $50,000. Following the success of the inaugural prize in 2007, the National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize returned to the UQ Art Museum in 2009 and has been intrinsically linked to the institution since the collaboration. Featuring a selection of Australia’s most engaging contemporary artists working across a variety of media, this biennial exhibition focuses on a unique aspect of portraiture, that of the artists themselves.


  • Jenny Orchard, Self Portrait as Multispecies Activist, 2017

Winner: National Self-Portrait Prize

Previous winners include Ben Quilty (2007), Julie Rrap (2009), Domenico de Clario (2011), Nell (2013) and Fiona McMonagle (2015).

Information up to date from June 14 2023