The Moran Arts Foundation is inviting artists to enter the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) from now until Wednesday, 30 August.

The DMNPP invites entries of original Australian works capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from the artist’s own circle of experience. Works must be painted at least partly from life, with the sitter known to the artist and aware of the artist’s intention to enter for the prize.

Total prize money is $180,000, including a $150,000 first prize.

The winner of this year’s DMNPP will be selected by Daniel Thomas AM, Emeritus Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia; Wendy Sharpe, one of Australia’s most awarded artists, and Greta Moran, Director of Moran Arts Foundation.

Last year’s winner, Sydney-based painter Megan Seres, won for her portrait of her daughter Scarlett as a Colonial Girl.

Art historian and co-judge Doug Hall said the work stood alone as a deeply personal idea able to embrace history and “cast it into a contemporary realm”.

“The resulting painting reflects not only the close relationship of the two, and an awareness of the vulnerability of the young, but also conveys the forbearance required of convict women and the gravity of their situation,” he said.

This year, the DMNPP and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize will be held at separate times, with calls for entries in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize to take place in January 2018.

Entries for the 2017 DMNPP close on Wednesday, 30 August. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, 25 October at Juniper Hall in Paddington.

Entries can be submitted online here.

Read more about last year’s winners here.