The Lester Prize - 2021 Call for Entries

The Lester Prize is one of Australia's most prestigious art prizes which puts both artists and community front-and-centre. We're on the hunt once again for the country's most talented portrait artists.

Artists from across Australia are invited to submit portraits of an Australian (or Australians) that they respect or admire, or a self-portrait, for the chance to win a part of over $95,000 in cash and prizes.

Visit The Lester Prize website to submit your entry online, download the Terms & Conditions and Consent Forms.

Main Awards/Adult entries close 25 June and Youth entries close 16 July 2021.

The Lester Prize Exhibition & Events Season will run from 16 October to 29 November 2021 at Art Gallery WA (AGWA) and various locations in the Perth CBD.

To learn more and submit your entry please visit

Images: 1 (hero image) - Serena Cowie_The conversation_2020
2. Stacey Evangelou_Warrior by spirit_2020
3. Sebastian Galloway_Warm air, cool light_2020
4. Michael O'Connell_The unfortunate Ian Rakich - COVID-19 case #7_2020
5. Nick Stathopoulos_Pantone black 7_2020


Saturday 27 March, 2021
Friday 16 July, 2021
Art Gallery WA & various locations in Perth

Perth ,

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