The 22nd Annual International Portrait Competition Finalists

by Matthew Innis |

The 2020 Art of the Portrait Conference will soon be here, and by its conclusion, we will know who has taken home top honors in the 22nd Annual International Portrait Competition.  This year, 2,660 digital entries were received from artists around the world, and the judges had a difficult time winnowing that initial group down to 100 potential award-winners.  After eight additional rounds of judging, 50 of those 100 artists were given awards of distinction, 27 were given certificates of excellence, and 23 were selected to compete as finalists for the highest awards.  These last 23 works will be on display at the Art of the Portrait Conference in April, where the judges and attendees will cast their votes onsite.  For more information on the conference – on how you can attend for a day or for the full event, or how you can submit your own work for next year’s competition – please visit

The finalists are featured below.  Best of luck to all of the artists!


Olena Babak
Hartland, Maine USA

Anna Rose Bain
Arvada, Colorado USA

Frances Bell
Wooler, Northumberland UK

Julie Bell
Allentown, Pennsylvania USA

Scott Burdick
King, North Carolina USA

Louis Carr
Cary, North Carolina USA

Joseph Daily
Vestal, New York USA

Thomas Caleb Goggans
Signal Mountain, Tennessee USA

Fengshi Jin
Flushing, New York USA

Olga Krimon
Hermosa Beach, California USA

Morgan LaPlante
Medfield, Massachusetts USA

Susan Lyon
King, North Carolina USA

Annie Murphy-Robinson
Carmichael, California USA

Paul Newton
Dural, NSW Australia

Cesar Orrico
Madrid, Spain

Timothy Rees
Mesa, Arizona USA

Brittany Ryan
Laguna Beach, California USA

Oliver Sin
San Francisco, California USA

Pavel Sokov
Verdun, Quebec Canada

Stephanie Paige Thomson
Brownsburg, Indiana USA

Louise Weir
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Ernest Wood
Wichita, Kansas USA

Konstantin Zhulin
Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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