The Competition

The National Capital Art Prize will be held annually with Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia over 18 years of age invited to submit up to four paintings in any of the four categories.

Entries are open.

Art Eligibility

The submitted artwork:

  • Must be available for sale
  • Can be of any subject (such as a portrait, landscape, abstract or any subject matter)
  • Can be painted in any medium (such as oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil)
  • Can be any surface
  • Must be able to be framed and hung
  • Must not exceed the size limit of 150x150cm
  • Must have been completed within the previous 12-month period, 1 July 2020 – 1 July 2021
  • Can be one of four different paintings entered by the same artist in any combination of the four categories, e.g. three entries in Landscape and one entry in Open or two entries in Open and two in First Nation or four in one category and so on

Entries are open

Prize Categories


Offering a $15,000 prize.

First Nations

For Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists offering a $15,000 prize.


Offering a $5,000 prize.


Valued at $2,500.

Exhibition Opportunity

In addition to cash prizes, finalists will have their work on public display during the judging process. Prize winners in the Open, First Nations and Landscape categories also receive the opportunity for a solo or joint exhibition of their works following the competition.

Entries are open

Additional Awards

People’s Choice Award

Valued at $2,500. Members of the public are invited to nominate their favourite entry in the People’s Choice Award by voting online between August 4 and September 15.

Art Scholarship

Valued at $5,000. In 2021, the Art Scholarship is in partnership with the Australian National University (ANU) and available for current ANU students.