Entry to the 2017 competition is now closed. Entry details on this site are for your information only and in order to help artists prepare for the 2019 competition.
Eligible entries are portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists, either paintings or drawings.
Awards: The Kingston Prize of $20,000 and two Honourable Mention awards of $2000 each. At each exhibition venue, there will be a People’s Choice award of $1000.
For the 2017 competition, the exhibition of thirty finalists will be held at two venues: the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque ON in October 2017; and the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Brampton ON from November to January 2018.
What you need to know to enter
READ THE KINGSTON PRIZE RULES
A professional-quality, high resolution digital photograph file of your portrait is required for the jury. If you are chosen as a finalist, this image will be used for publication in the catalogue, online and elsewhere.
Required file format: .jpg
File size: Between 1 MB and 4 MB Larger files will be automatically rejected
Filename convention: lastnamefirstname.jpg (i.e. smithjohn.jpg)
It is recommended that an experienced or professional photographer be engaged to produce the image. If you decide to take the photograph yourself, advice on cameras, lighting etc is available on many websites. It is suggested that you set the camera image size between 4 and 8 megapixels to obtain the required resolution. Crop the resulting image to just inside the edges of the artwork using photo editing software to produce a .jpg file at 300 pixels per inch.
Artist’s Statement, Biography and Curriculum Vitae
The artist must submit a one page document containing an artist’s statement, biography and CV.
Artist’s Statement: The artist’s statement may describe such topics as the circumstances, the subject, the style, and the philosophical background of the portrait. This statement may be used for press releases and publicity.
Biography: The artist’s biography may contain biographical details, and explain the current direction of the artist’s work and how it relates to the portrait submitted.
Curriculum Vitae (CV): The CV can contain brief summaries of education, awards, solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, employment and other relevant information.
File format: Single page Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) in 10 or 12 point text. The filename convention is lastnamefirstname.doc (or .docx) (i.e. smithjohn.doc or smithjohn.docx)
THE 2017 COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Tips on a successful application:
- Your image is important! Please ensure that your image is of high quality, clear, in focus and well-lit so that the jury may properly assess your work.
- Make sure that your files are named as required
- If you are unsure, please ask. With over 400 submissions, any individual who does not submit the required materials in the proper format may cause their entry to be delayed or disqualified. All successful entries will be acknowledged, either by email or by return of a self-addressed stamped postcard.