Tracey Emin to Judge Queen Elizabeth II Portrait Competition

Queen Elizabeth II in New York.
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Calling all artists in the tri-state area (and Pennsylvania)! The British Consulate General New York has launched an art competition.

On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning monarch in British history when her reign surpasses that of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years. To celebrate this special occasion the British Consulate will select one winner from each of three age groups: under 11; 11 to 18; and 18 and older.

Participants will be judged by artist Tracey Emin, photographer Albert Watson, and Consul General Danny Lopez. Each winner’s portrait will be on permanent display in the New York Consulate.

“We can’t wait to discover the artistic talents of those who live in our consular district,” Consul General Lopez said of the competition. “The winners will join some of Britain’s most celebrated artists when their masterpieces are hung up in the consulate, where they will be seen by ministers, royalty, and many other distinguished guests.”

Perhaps the portraits will instigate another speechless reaction from Her Majesty?

If you want to enter, here are the official rules:

1. Entrants must have a home address in our consular district: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Fairfield County, Connecticut.

2. You must include a letter with your: name, mailing address, email address (or that of your parent or legal guardian), phone number, date of birth.

3. The portrait must be of the Queen and no one else.

4. It must not exceed 18 x 18 inches and must be two-dimensional. No sculptures please! Any materials may be used.

Entries must be submitted by Monday, August 24, 2015, and mailed to the British Consulate General at 845 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

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