Scottish Portrait Awards 2020

Enter the 2020 Scottish Portrait Awards from 2 April to 30 June.

You can find all the info on the Scottish Portrait Awards website


The 2020 SPAs are open for entries from April 2nd to midnight (UK time) on June 30 2020.

You may enter as many times as you wish. All portraits submitted should have been created after 1 January 2016

The SPA Judges are seeking diverse and well-executed works that inspire, excite, raise questions, entertain, deliver an emotional punch, and/or force us to look at ourselves and others differently.

Please note that the SPA Photography Award is only for black and white photography. If you enter a colour photograph for this competition by mistake we will enter the image in the SPA Fine Art competition instead. 


Artists may choose to enter either or both of the fine art and the photography competitions. Each artist may enter no more than six entries in each of the competitions.
An entry fee per artwork of £10 is payable to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. All proceeds are used to support the Scottish Portrait Awards.
All works entered for the competition should be the artist’s own work and the subject must be known to the artist. All portraits submitted should have been created from life in the first instance and completed after 1 January 2015.
All works submitted for the youth award are also eligible for the major SPA awards.
Entries for the Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art may be in any medium and in 2D or 3D formats. For Fine Art we welcome portraits in oil, water colour, pencil, collage, tapestry, photography and 3-D works in any material including digital works as long as these meet the size criteria. Why do we allow photography into the SPA in Fine Art when there is a separate SPA in Photography? Read here.
Although the work should begin from life, portraits that are more conceptual or contemporary in their approach are as welcome as more traditional portraiture.
The concept of ‘portrait’ may be interpreted in the widest possible sense. The subject may involve one or more people and self-portraits are also permitted. Portraits may include animals but only when these are secondary to the human subject.
Works submitted for the Scottish Portrait Awards should not have been previously exhibited in Scotland. This means the work should not have been shown in any public venue such as a gallery, shop, theatre, restaurant or any other place where the public can see the work. Exceptions are works that have been exhibited as part of a degree show or other educational purpose or for a charitable purpose.
Entries for the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography must be in black and white.

Any issues? Contact the SPA administrator, Dai Lowe,
Image – 2019 Winner ‘Alan Tanner’ by Simon Murphy