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BP Portrait Awards 2017 first prize winner Benjamin Sullivan and Family during the BP Portrait Awards 2017 Ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery on June 20, 2017 in London, England. Picture by Jorge Herrera.

BP Portrait winner Benjamin Sullivan with his wide Virginia and her daugther Edith standing in front of the winning picture and holding the award

BP Portrait Award 2017 Winner Announced

27 June 2017

Portrait of mother and young child

Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan (c) Benjamin Sullivan

A husband’s portrait of his wife and young baby wins BP Portrait Award 2017. The winner was announced at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 20 June 2017. The prestigious first prize – in the 28th year of BP’s sponsorship of the competition – was won by Suffolk based artist, Benjamin Sullivan for Breech! a portrait of his wife Virginia breastfeeding their eight month old daughter.

Exhibition venues

The portrait can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery from Thursday 22 June when the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition opens to the public. It will then be at RAMM from 4 October to 3 December.

Second and third prizes

The second prize went to French painter and illustrator, Thomas Ehretsmann, for Double Portrait, depicting his pregnant wife Caroline. The judges were particularly impressed by the artist’s refined and detailed technique, which adds to the subject’s sense of stillness, strength and serenity.

The third prize went to Antony Williams for Emma his portrait of model turned friend, Emma Bruce, completed in his studio in Chertsey. The judges appreciated how the artist’s intimate and distinctive technique lends the sitter’s form an almost sculptural density and solidity.

Full details of the exhibition winners are on the National Portrait Gallery website.

Choosing the winner

The winning portraits were selected from 2580 entries from 87 countries, submitted for judging anonymously by a panel which included Camilla Hampshire, Museums Manager and Cultural Lead, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.

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