Congratulations to the Prize Winners of the

Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition 2023!



The William Lock Portrait Prize

Saied Dai ‘Charlotte’ 

£20,000 for the most timeless portrait with a real feeling for paint and its aesthetic potential.

Saied Dai ‘Charlotte’


The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture

Toby Wiggins ‘Hedgelayer 

£10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal awarded for the most distinguished portrait in the Society’s annual exhibition.

Toby Wiggins, ‘Winter’s Work; Russell Woodham at rest while laying a hazel hedge in the Dorset Style’


The RP Award

Zac Lee ’Sunday Afternoon’ 

£2,000 will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents the year’s chosen theme – which for 2023 is ‘Clothing’.

Zac Lee, ‘Sunday Afternoon’


The RP prize for Best Small Portrait

Carles Belda Roman ’Study of Something Never Ends’  

A prize of £2,000 for the best small portrait in the exhibition, measuring not more than 38 x 30.5 cm (15 x 12 inches) unframed.

Carles Belda Roman ’Study of Something Never Ends’


The de Laszlo foundation Award

Phoebe-Louise Stewart Carter ‘Self Portrait in the Winter’  

£3,000 plus a Silver Medal for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under.

Phoebe-Louise Stewart Carter, ‘Self Portrait in the Winter’


The Raw Umber studios Award

Simon Davis ‘Warren Ellis’ 

£2,000 awarded for the most exciting contemporary portraiture through the intersection of technical and creative expression.

Simon Davis ‘Warren Ellis’


The Smallwood Architects Prize

Martyn Harris ‘Paul’s Emporium’ 

£1,000 for a portrait in which architectural or interior features play an important part.

Martyn Harris, ‘Paul’s Emporium’