Doug Moran National Portrait Prize


About the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

For twenty five years, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture. Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, the Prize is an important part of Australia's Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.

Prize Money

Best work prize: $150,000
Runner-up: $10,000

Past Winners

View past winners and finalists in the Moran Portrait Prizes web gallery.


Daniel Thomas comments on 2013 Moran Prizes  - "had a wider variety, diversity and higher level of artistic excellence than had ever been seen before"

Ben Quilty comments on 2013 Moran Prizes - "It was exceedingly difficult for the judges to choose the prize winners. I feel like we fought out this exhibition, the only one we agreed on was the winner.”

Ben Quilty, Artist            Daniel Thomas, AM.

Exhibition comments from Edmund Capon AM OBE

Esteemed art world figure and former Art Gallery of NSW director Edmund Capon, AM, OBE, who officially opened the Moran Prizes exhibition, also praised the high standard of entries. “Above all it shows the art of interpreting human presence in art is alive and well,” Mr Capon said.