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The Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone who was 17 years by 1 October 2016 and who was born in Scotland, is resident in Scotland or studying in Scotland.*

The Scottish Portrait Award for Fine Art of £5,000 will be awarded for stunning portraits in any 2D or 3D medium. The Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography of £2,000, will be awarded to the most striking black and white photographic portrait.

The works of up to 60 finalists will be included in the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition and catalogue. A portrait commission worth £3,000 awarded to a fine art finalist by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

The winners of SPA awards will be presented with two years free membership of the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh. Read more about our Awards.

*Open for entries from 5 January 2017 until 31 May 2017. Read more about how to enter the SPAs.

About Richard Coward

Far left: Big Selfie, (Detail) 2014,

John Byrne,

signed casein on paper |

48 1/2 x 37 1/4 inches;

Private collection.

Image courtesy of

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh

Left: Self Portrait (Detail) 1976

 Richard Coward

Scottish Portrait Awards 2017 The Judges

Judges for the SPA in Fine Art include artist and playwright John Byrne; Imogen Gibbon, who is chief curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Guy Peploe, the director of the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; multiple award-winning portrait artist Jennifer McRae, and fine contemporary artist Gordon Mitchell who is also the SPA Director.

Judges for the Richard Coward SPA in Photography include Ben Harman from Edinburgh’s Stills Gallery, Malcolm Dickson of Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow and Siobhán Coward who has decades of photographic study and experience. Read more about our Judges.

* Read the Terms and Conditions for entering the Scottish Portrait Awards

Entries are now closed for the  2017 Scottish Portrait Awards.

Follow the quest of Ben and Agnes! A tale of two artists on a Scottish portrait quest, by George McBean

Ben and Agnes…

Thank you everyone who entered the Scottish Portrait Awards.

The SPA exhibition will be held at the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh. We will be in touch with those selected for the exhibition as soon as possible.

The winner of the Scottish Portrait Awards will be announced on Thursday 2 November.

On Friday 3 November we will host a special exhibition preview for all photographers selected for the exhibition.

On Saturday 4 November we will do the same for the fine artists.

The SPA exhibition will be open to the public, Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am to 5.00pm from 7 - 30 November