The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize encourages both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture. Since its establishment in 1988 by passionate supporters of the arts, Doug and Greta Moran AO, the Prize has supported artists striving to achieve success and recognition in portraiture.

Artists are asked to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known from any walk of Australian life. Your sitter should be or should have been aware of your intent to enter their portrait in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Entries must be original works painted in oil, acrylic, watercolour, ink, pastel, egg tempera or mixed media.

The Prize is acquisitive and the winning artwork immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be held and exhibited as part of the Moran Collection.


  • Entry closing date: 10 Oct 2022 at 23.59 (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Please note this date is final and there will be no extensions provided
  • Semi Finalists will be notified on 20 Oct 2022
  • Finalists will be notified on 3 Nov 2022
  • Winner announced: 30 Nov 2022


The winner of the 2022 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize will receive $150,000


Entry Fee

A non-refundable entry fee of $100 for each artwork submitted will apply.

If your work is chosen as a finalist, the Moran Arts Foundation will cover the cost to transport your artwork from your local IAS depot to and from the judging point in Sydney.

Your entry is not complete and submitted until payment has been made. Entry fees may be paid by credit card only and must be paid online at the time of completing submissions.

Find out more.