Each year, the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize is awarded to the photographer who made the best photographic portrait of the past year. The prize is awarded by Dutch National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with Rabobank. Previous winners are Koos Breukel, Stephan Vanfleteren, Gerard Wessel, Annaleen Louwes, Sander Troelstra, Jitske Schols, Sarah Mei Herman, Sanne Donders, Martijn van de Griendt and Robin de Puy, who won the prize twice.
This year, too, there will be a prize for portrait photography talent. Previous winners are Peggy Kuiper, Annabel van Royen, Colette Lukassen and Bram Engelaar.
The Dutch National Portrait Gallery and Rabobank award the two prizes to draw attention to the broad tradition of Dutch portraiture in photography.
This year, the portraits shortlisted for the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize will be exhibited at the Rabo Art Collection space in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot in Rotterdam. At least one portrait from the shortlisted Talent series will be showcased there as well.
Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize: the submitted portraits, with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3, are made by a Dutch professional photographer or an international photographer who has worked in the Netherlands for a longer period of time. All portraits have been made between 17 May 2021 – 30 June 2022.
Only portraits made between 17 May 2021 - 30 June 2022 are judged.
For the past few years we’ve been making online productions and exhibitions at museums and other lo-cations, with work from private, corporate and museum collections. Since September 2021, you can visit our tiny exhibition space at the Marineterrein in Amsterdam: Portrait Gallery Studio. Here, we will con-tinue to investigate how portraiture can contribute to the recognition and appreciation of all people – without judgment. We hope to contribute to a society in which people, who instead of trying to confirm their own beliefs, appreciate and understand each other’s differences and stories.
The Dutch National Portrait Gallery and Rabobank award the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize and Rabo Photographic Portrait Talent to draw attention to the broad tradition of Dutch portraiture in photography.
Country of residence
Biography with up to 1500 characters
CV with up to 2000 characters (or PDF file)
1 to 3 files per submission
Allowed file types: JPG
At least 6000px on the long edge
Image creation date must be between May 17, 2021 and Jun 30, 2022
I'm not a Dutch photographer or not working in the Netherlands, can I submit?
Portraits should be made by a Dutch professional photographer or an international photographer who has worked in the Netherlands for a longer period of time.
Can I submit for Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize and Talent?
No, you can only send in work in one category.
Do I submit for Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize or Talent?
You can only send in work in one category.
All entrants who have not been working professionally in photography for more than five years, or are younger than 30 at the time of submission should send in a portrait series in the Talent category.
My portraits are not made between 17 May 2021 - 30 June 2022, could I send them in?
Answer regarding Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize: No, each portrait should be made in this period.