Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2021

** Entries are now closed.  Thank you to all who entered.**


For over 30 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter.

Founded by Doug & Greta Moran AO and their family in 1988, the Moran Arts Foundation supports Australian artists and the wider arts community.

2021 Key Dates

  • Entries close – 29 Sep 2021
  • Semi-finalists announced – 14 Oct 2021 (rescheduled to 19 Oct 2021)
  • Finalists announced – 1 Nov 2021
  • Winner announced – 30 Nov 2021

The 2021 Prize has been modified to meet COVID-19 restrictions and further changes may be necessary as the current timetable evolves.


The winner will receive $150,000.

The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.

All finalists’ works will be transported at the Moran Arts Foundation’s cost from/to their state’s IAS depot to Sydney for judging and will be included in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2021 online catalogue.


Daniel Thomas AM, Former Director, Art Gallery of South Australia
Tim Storrier AM, Award winning Australian Artist
Dr Peter Moran, Moran Arts Foundation

Entry Fee

$100 per artwork

Terms and Conditions

Please read the terms and conditions prior to entering.  They provide more information about the Prize and have changed since the previous years.

Download here.


Former Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Winners

Former Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Judges