Stanley Rayfield, "DAD," 2008. Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist. Rayfield was the second-prize winner for the 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The 2012 Competition will begin accepting entries Sept. 1.(Stanley Rayfield/Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

January 1, 2010, and can be

uploaded on the site portraitcompetition.si.edu until Oct. 31. There is a $35 entry fee. The entries will be narrowed down into a semifinalist group, to be assessed in person, and from there the winners will be decided. Those chosen will be included in the exhibition, to run from Mar. 22, 2013 through Jan. 4, 2014. There will be a grand prize winner chosen, who will be given a $25,000 cash prize and the chance to draft a separate commission of a notable living American for the Portrait Galley’s collection. The Portrait Gallery blog, “ Face to Face ,” may also post works submitted from various contenders.

For more information, visit the Competition website.